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blografhical memoirs of 
Greene Coumty, Ihd, 







B. F. BOWEN & CO. 




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The subject of this biographical review, a repre- 
sentative of one of the early pioneer families of Greene 
county, was bom in Marion county, Indiana, November 
17, 1835, ^"d he is a son of William J. and Sarah (Neg- 
ley) Mcintosh. (The sketch of his father appears more 
fully on another page of this work.) 

Jacob Mcintosh became a resident of Greene county 
at the age of two years, when he was brought here by the 
removal of his parents from Marion county. Being 
reared on a farm, his early life was devoted to agricul- 
tural pursuits and in attending the pioneer schools of his 
day. Like other youths of the early times, his educa- 
tional opportunities were limited, principally to the most 
elementaiy branches of learning, and this at considerable 
sacrifice. His means being limited, he was unable to 
avail himself of the advantages of higher education until 
later in life, though he was always a student, and read 
everything calculated to broaden the sphere of his intel- 
lect. He has been twice married, first in 1857 to Nancy 
Kelley, who died March 20, 1872. She was the mother 
of six children, three of whom survive; three died in in- 
fancy or early childhood. The living members of this 
family are Martin F., Mary Hannah and Nathaniel 
Greene. Mr. Mcintosh was married the second time on 
the 26th day of June, 1873. His present wife was Nancy 
Ann Crawford, daughter of William B. and Elizabeth 
(Brooks) Crawford, natives of Ohio. Her father was a 
soldier during the Civil war and served as a member of 
Company I of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Indiana 


Infantry, Volunteers. He died in 1900. His widow is a 
resident of Greene county. There are ten living children 
of this union, of whom Daisy, wife of Walter G. Hudson, 
a printer at Bloomfield, is the eldest. Miss Nora is a pop- 
ular and successful teacher, having been engaged in that 
laudable work for a numljer of years. William resides 
upon and operates the parental farm near Worthington. 
He is married and has one child. Bessie M. is the wife 
of S. O. Gallup, of Indianapolis. O. G. is at home. Dan- 
iel C. is a graduate of the Worthington high school and 
is also a graduate in phamiacy. He is a student in third 
year's work in the State University. Lalla R. and Fran- 
ces Maude, both graduates of the Worthington high 
school, are still under the parental roof, though the last 
named is now a student at the State Normal School. 
Lyman T. and Moore C. complete the family circle. They 
are students in the Worthington high school. The two 
sons and daughter mentioned as the issue of the subject's 
first marriage are prominent in business and social rela- 
tions, the sons being merchants and the daughter, now 
Mrs. A. J. Peck, resides in Topeka, Kansas. Early in 
life the subject of this sketch chose the medical profes- 
sion as his life work, and after attending the Eclectic 
College of Medicine at Cincinnati he began practice, and 
continued that profession for about twenty years, then 
for ten years only part of the time in connection with 
superintending his large and varied farming interests 
throughout his active business years. He owned and 
operated a farm of six hundred and twenty-five acres, 
upon which his family lived until 1900, and gave special 
prominence to the growing and marketing of domestic 
stock. Since the date above written he has retired to a 


less pretentious farm of fifty-nine acres adjoining W'orth- 
ington, but has relaxed none of his interest in general 
fanning and stock growing. 

Dr. Mcintosh recites with much interest and enthusi- 
asmi the story of pioneer life in the wilderness of Greene . 
county when he was a boy. He says that his mother, 
whose memoiy he reveres, was, in combination with all 
womanly virtues of her day, an expert at the wheel and 
loom, and that for many years she spun the flax and wool- 
yarn, and wove the cloth with which to clothe the family, 
taking the fomier from the matured stalk and the latter 
from the sheep's back. Nothing was then known of the 
wonderful machinery which has revolutionized^ manufac- 
turing in all lines of human industiy. The application of 
steam power was then in the experimental stage, while 
electricity as a motive power was then not dreamed of 
by the most advanced scientists. 

The ancestral history of Dr. ilclntosh is traceable 
in this section of Indiana, and mostly in Greene county, 
to the year 1821, when the founders of the family came 
from Kentucky. But as this feature of the family life is 
brought out more fully in the sketch of his father, \\'il- 
liam Jefferson Mcintosh, the interested reader is referred 
to that article for further information. 

Dr. J. P. Mcintosh has been pre-eminently a bus_\- 
and useful man. His life has been spent in an effort to 
render good to his fellow men, and in whatever sphere 
his labors were directed, he has discharged his duties con- 
scientiously and well. He has been an ardent supporter 
of the principles of Democracy, and has been zealous in 
the furtherance of party interests, whether as a standard- 
bearer seeking support for political honors or as a pri- 


vate citizen seeking the general welfare of his chosen 
party. In political affairs he has always been prominent 
and influential. In 1874 and again in 1876 he was the 
nominee of his party for legislative honors, going down 
with the defeat of his party. In 1880, however, he was 
more successful and was elected as joint representative 
from the counties of Greene. Knox and Sullivan. His 
administration of the affairs pertaining to this exalted 
position no doubt led to his selection as state senator in 
1882 for Daviess and Greene counties, though Greene 
county was then considered almost hopelessly Republican. 
But the personal popularity and careful, systematic work 
of Dr. Mcintosh carried it for the Democratic candidate 
by the narrow margin of eleven votes, and for the district 
one hundred and seventy-one. While in the legislature 
Mr. Mcintosh was the author of a number of wholesome 
and popular laws which remain on the statute books as 
a monument to his memory, and as a convincing- proof of 
his sterling good judgment. 

In the affairs of private life the doctor has been suc- 
cessful beyond the average attainments of men. He was 
a partner in a profitable mercantile business for many 
years, and his professional life was proverbially a suc- 
cess, especially in the correct diagnosis and treatment of 
disease. He was a justice of the peace for four years, 
and has always taken an active interest in local affairs 
of whatever nature. He is an affable and ag-reeable gen- 
tleman, universally esteemed, and favorably known to 
almost eveiy family in Greene county. The record of 
such a life is a stimulus to the rising generation, whose 
desires and ambitions are largely influenced by the 
achievements of others. 



Residence of lion. J. P. Mcintosh. 



Prominent among- the active business men of Greene 
county is the name of A. F. Wilson, who was born at 
Ladoga, November 28, 1861. His parents, P. H. and 
Arthuria (Dixon) Wilson, were both natives of Indiana. 
Mr. Wilson's paternal grandfather, was a Virginia 
farmer, and on leaving that state came to Kentucky, 
from whence he removed to Indiana, where he lived out 
the remainder of his days. Grandfather Dixon was a 
merchant tailor by trade. His three sons were all sol- 
diers of the Civil war. 

Our subject's father was reared in Indiana, receiv- 
ing his early education in her public schools. He later 
graduated from the Louisville Medical College, and prac- 
ticed medicine at Ladoga for several years. He then re- 
moved to Worthington and took up dentistn,', continu- 
ing in that profession until his death, March 4, 1890. 
The family consisted of six children, enumerated here in 
order of birth: India, now deceased; A. F., our sub- 
ject; Frank, now a successful business man of Salt Lake 
City; Ida. wife of W. E. Mason, now of Mississippi: 
Martha, unmarried : Charles, carpenter at Danville. 

Our subject has had a wide business experience. He 
was educated in the W'orthington public schools, and 
after reaching maturity began railroading, following this 
for seven years. He then became deputy postmaster, fol- 
lowing this by engaging in the liver\' and groceiy busi- 
ness. He then served one tenn as postmaster, after 
which he engaged in managing a meat market. Next he 
assumed the control of the Commercial Hotel, later han- 


dling patent rights, after whicli he dealt largely in live 
stock. Following this he purchased the Williams House, 
which he still owns, but whose management is leased to 
other parties. He is at present engaged in handling a 
patent wire stretcher, patented May 22, 1906. 

;Mr. \\'ilson was married on Januaiy 25, 1890, to 
Lille Griffith, who was born at Worthington, being the 
daughter of George and Jane Griffith, both highly re- 
spected residents of the town. Two children have graced 
this union, viz. : Lee, born in 1895, and Guy, born in 
1S07. ^frs. Wilson is a member of the Christian church 
and is an admirable mother and companion. 

Mr. Wilson has been equally alive to his social obli- 
gations and has taken an active interest in many of the 
fraternal organizations of the community. He gives his 
hearty support to the Elks, Red Men, Knights of Pythias 
and Modern Woodmen. 

Politically he is a Democrat, but has demonstrated 
that public service can be easily coupled with straight- 
forawrd business methods, having, as mentioned before, 
sen-ed a^ piistmaster for one term, and also for three 


One often hears nowadays the remark that this is 
the age of young men, and it would seem to the most 
casual observer that a great portion of the world's work 
recjuiring prompt decision and quick judgment combined 
with the energy and staying! qualities necessary to insure 


tained in the following- record of the young man whose 
success, is carried on by those young in years, conse- 
quently, we are not suprised at the splendid showing con- 
name appears above ; for although Fred R. Cromwell has 
scarcely passed the quarter centun- mark, he has shown 
by his vigilant energy and untiring zeal that he possesses 
a nature that will undoubtedly crown his age with splen- 
did achievement. Relying entirely on his own resources, 
this young man has so well perfomied every task that has 
been assigned him that he now holds the responsible posi- 
tion of chief of the fire department at Linton, Indiana, 
a position that is usually tendered to the experienced 
veteran. However, that city feels that it can safely trust 
its property to the protection of this young man. 

Mr. Cromwell was bom in Clay county, Indiana. 
June 13, 1882, the son of Albert and Emma (Fields) 
Cromwell, the fomier a native of Clay county, while the 
mother was born and reared in Ohio. The latter was 
called from her earthly labors in Colorado, whither she 
had gone in an effort to recover her failing- health. The 
subject's father is a successful farmer in Clay county. 
He has a family of five living sons. Fred R., the subject 
of this sketch, is the eldest; Charles is a fanner in Clay 
county; Albert, Jr., is employed in a hotel at Terre 
Haute; George is a farmer in Clay county; Rue has 
remained at home working- on the parental place ; Guy and 
Fay died in childhood. The habits of industiy which the 
father instilled in his home from early life have remained 
as dominating factors and they are all known as men of 
thrift and energ}^ 

Fred R. Cromwell was raised on his father's farm 
and there learned much of the management of agricultural 


land, while not in school, which he attended during the 
winter months until 1900, when he came to Linton and 
was employed in connection with the racing stock of Dr. 
Sherwood and others, having learned to successfully 
handle horses while on the old homestead. He was then 
in the employ of the Terre Haute Brewing Company for 
more than a year. In 1907 he was elected driver in the 
fire department, and appointed chief of the department 
in this city April i. 1908. Three men are embraced in 
the payrolls of this department, which is made up from 
volunteers, picked up as occasion demands. These are 
entitled to pay for their services, although claims are 
seldom filed, the fire fighters being willing to contribute 
their services to their city when it is in need of them. 
The equipment of this department embraces a hose wagon 
and two chemical tanks, an abundance of hose, ladders, 
etc. This department has attained great efficiency in the 
matter of getting out when an alarm is given. The 
employs can take the horses from the stalls, hitch them to 
the apparatus and be on the street in twenty seconds. 

The subject was married January 24, 1908, to Ora 
Robison, daughter of James and Fanny Robison. of Lin- 
ton. Mr. Cromwell is a member of the International 
Brotherhood of Teamsters. Politically Mr. Cromwell is 
a Republican, but does not take a great deal of interest in 


This subject, who is one of the most industrious 
:ners and stock raisers in the vicinity of \\'orthington. 

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Greene county, Indiana, never had the roaming dispo- 
sition that characterized so many of the young men with 
whom he was reared, and he has preferred to test the ad- 
vantages of his home county rather than risk his fortune 
elsewhere, having been born at Bloomfield, January 4, 
1829, and he is now Hving one mile north of W'orthing- 
ton on a fine farm. 

Mr. Stalcup's father was Stephen Stalcup and his 
mother's maiden name was Mary Underwood. Grand- 
father Eli Stalcup, a native of Tennessee, came to 
Indiana long before our subject was bom, settling in 
Greene county on a fann, where he spent the remainder of 
his life. Stephen Stalcup was brought to Indiana when a 
young man, where he soon began farming and trading. 
having received his early education in Tennessee. Pur- 
chasing a good farm in Greene county he remained here 
during the rest of his life, rearing ten children, all grown 
to maturity, the subject of this sketch being the third in 
the order of birth. He attended subscription schools dur- 
ing a part of several years, but his father was in close 
circumstances and it was necessarj' for his son to help 
on the place when there was work to be done. The 
country school houses in those days were of the most 
primitive sort, being built of logs with puncheon seats 
and greased paper for window panes. 

Eli was always called upon to take the lead in all kinds 
of heavy work about the place owing to his unusual phys- 
ical strength, so he did the major part of the work in 
clearing the heavily timbered land where his father set- 
tled and with whom he remained until maturity, then he 
went to work as a fann hand, for which he received 


only seven dollars per month, bnt which he continued 
working' at for a period of five years, during a part of 
which time he was employed on a shingle machine, being 
associated with his brother, Wesley. Then he bought a 
house and lot in Worthington, where he lived for several 
}-ears, renting land and tilling it, in that neighborhood. 
In about three years he traded his town property in part 
payment on a farm, on which he has since lived. This 
farm at first consisted of eighty acres in the forest, upon 
which w-as a small log cabin, in which the subject lived 
for a short time, then building a log house, in which he 
lived for ten years, which he regards as the happiest days 
of his life. He cleared most of the land himself, hiring a 
few hands to assist. He has added to his original piece 
of ground until he now owns over four hundred acres, 
seventy-six acres of which are in the Eel River bottoms, 
which is fertilized by ovei-flow, but the overflows are not 
of a nature to be of serious injury to the land or the 
crops on it, for it produces immense crops of com. He 
raises corn crops on his upland fields, usually follows 
them by crops of oats and clo\-er, but he uses no commer- 
cial fertilizers, being able to keep his land in g'ood pro- 
ductive condition by other methods. 

Mr. Stalcup feeds nearly all the com the place pro- 
duces to hogs and cattle, which he turns on the pastures 
in summer. He handles Poland China hogs exclusively, 
and he has the largest drove of sheep in the vicinity of 
Worthington. His farm is fenced mostly with woven 
and barbed wire. His house is commodious, convenient 
and in good repair, and his outbuildings are well kept. 

Eli Stalcup was married the first time in 1853 to Mar- 


garet J. Brookbank, of Sullivan county, Indiana, and six 
children were born to this union, all of whom died young, 
except Sarah Ellen, who is the wife of Levi Swango, 
now living on a fami in Greene county. They have 
seven children, six of whom are living. Mr. Stalcup's 
first wife died August i8. 1868, and he was again mar- 
ried May 16, 1869. to Clara Terhune, a native of Ohio, 
but who was reared in Greene county, Indiana. Four 
children were bom to this union, namely: Nettie, the 
wife of Grant Fulk, living in Greene county, to whom 
four children have been born; Hany E., who is married 
and has two children, lives on the home place, working 
with his father; Lena May is single and lives at home; 
Elza B., is living at I'wome working with his brother on 
the fann. 

The subject of this sketch enlisted in Company A, One 
Hundred and Fifteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer In- 
fantry, in 1863. and sei-ved eight months, having been in 
Rosecrans' army. He enlisted for six months, but served 
two months over time, having been at Cumberland Gap 
whai his time expired. His two cousins, Stephen and 
Calvin Stalcup, were also soldiers. 

EH Stalcup's wife has been twice married, first to 
James E. Terhune. who was a soldier in the Thirty-first 
Indiana Volunteer Infantry, having served with this regi- 
ment for four years, being in all the battles in which the 
regiment was engaged. He died one year after his mar- 
riage from a disease contracted in the line of duty as a 

Both the subject and his wife were members of the 
Protestant Methodist church. 


Mr. Stalcup is a loyal Republican, but he always 
desires the best men in any public office, not caring to 
support "political rings" of questionable standing. He 
was constable for two terms and has been supervisor, but 
was never a candidate for important public offices. 

The subject is a plain, honest citizen, who has won 
his success by hard work and habits of industry in what- 
ever he imdertook, and the record of his family is one 
that cannot be questioned. 


The subject of this sketch has not yet entered the 
realm of the aged, but his experiences are ripening to 
a full development, and he is now at the zenith of his 
powers. Dr. George B. Gray was born July 16, 1863, al 
Solsberry, Greene county. He is the son of William and 
Anna (Henderson) Gray, the former a native of Craw- 
ford county, Pennsylvania, and the latter a native 
Morgan county, Ohio. 

William Gray was educated in his nati\"e state 
the best schools that the country afforded at that time. 
He came to Ohio when fiftea: years old and settled ii 
Morgan county, where he remained until 1864, wher 
he engaged in farming and stock raising, which pursui 
he continued through life. He married when nineteen 
years old. • Air. Gray moved to Greene county, near Sols- 
berr}', in 1864, buying a farm which he continued to con- 
duct until 1S80. when he UKived to Worthington. where 


lie remained ten years, then moving to Bloomington. 
where he is still living. He has been retired for some 
time. His wife died in 1873, having given birth to 
eleven children, of whom the subject nf this sketch is the 

Dr. Gray was educated in the public schools in his 
native community and in the State University at Bloom- 
ington, Indiana. He worked on his father's farm until 
he entered the university. He commenced reading med- 
icine under the direction of his brother, Dr. O. F. Gray, 
of Spencer. Indiana, which he continued for one year, 
when he entered the Medical College of Indiana at In- 
dianapolis, from which he graduated in 1884, receiving 
the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He began practic- 
ing medicine at Paragon, Indiana, where he remained 
for one year; he then came to Worthington, in which 
city he has been engaged in the practice of his profes- 
sion and in the drug business for a period of twenty-two 
years. Dr. Gray also graduated at Bellevue in 1889. 
taking the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and he took 
a post-graduate course in Chicago in 1907. 

Dr. Gray was married December 26, 1890, to Myrtle 
Young, of Worthington, Indiana. She is the daughter 
of Joseph and Ella Moses. There has been no issue 
from this union. The subject has an adopted daughter. 
Beulah, who is eight years old ( 1908). 

The subject is a Republican. He was coroner of 
Greene county for two terms, or four years, and he has 
been secretary of the board of health in Worthington 
during the greater part of his residence in that city. He 
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
and also of the Red Men. 



The subject of this biographical review is a native 
of Frauenburg. Kurland, Russia, born on the 12th of 
October, 1876. He remained in his native country until 
twenty years old, being educated in Russia and at Ber- 
lin. Germany. In 1896 he embarked for the "new 
world," and located in Louisville, Kentucky, during the 
first five years of his sojourn in America. The succeed- 
ing two years were spent in Chicago, in both cases being 
engaged in the mercantile business. Others of the family 
followed until there are four of his brothers conducting a 
large mercantile house in Chicago, and three of his sis- 
ters reside in that city. The parents, Meyer and Zesne 
(Zesner) Bach, are also residents of Chicago. The fa- 
ther is a retired merchant. These members of the family 
came to this country from Berlin, Germany, in 1905. 
The eldest brother and eldest sister are residents of Ber- 
lin, while the parents and eight sons and daughters are 
in America. 

Ben Bach came to Linton, Indiana, in 1903, and 
here established one of the leading clothing stores in the 
city. He has a large and carefully selected stock of 
clothing, gents' furnishing goods, shoes, trunks, suit- 
cases, etc., combined with jewelry appropriate to men's 
wear. Though a comparatively recent acquisition to the 
business circles of Linton, the house is well and favorably 
known throughout a large area of country. Ben's motto 
has been "A square deal to all." and this policy has given 
him a prestige in business second to none in the city. 
O.nspicuous in the affairs of this popular house is Charles 


B. Bach, a younger brother, who is manager of the busi- 
ness, and a most pleasant and accommodating young' 
man. He was born in the same province as the elder 
brother, received a good education in his native land, 
and in the Business University in Chicago. Previous to 
leaving the continent of Europe he traveled extensively, 
thus familiarizing himself with the conditions and cus- 
toms of that land, and finally went on a prospecting 
tour into South Africa. He came to Linton, in his pres- 
ent capacity, in 1904. He is a Royal Arch Mason, an 
Odd Fellow and a member of the Encampment of the 
last named fraternity. 

Benjamin Bach, the subject of this article, was mar- 
ried in Louisville, Kentucky, May 29, 1898, the lady of 
his choice being Pauline Lurie, a native of Schaulen, Rus- 
sia. Her parents lived and died in their native land. 
Three children have been born to this union, the eldest 
of whom is Helen T., a little miss of six years; Ephraim 
Leo is three years old and Cecilia, an infant of one vear 
in 1908. 

Mr. Bach is prominently identified with a number 
of fraternal lodges and societies, the most important of 
which are: Linton Lodge, No. 560, Free and Accepted 
Masons; Linton Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons; 
Unity Lodge, No. 637, Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, and the Encampment connected therewith ; Linton 
Camp, No. 100, Woodmen of the World, and the Knights 
of Pythias fraternity. The brothers are Republicans in 
political views, though not aggressive in politics. They 
adhere to the religious faith of their ancestors, being be- 
lievers in the doctrines and active members of the Jew- 
ish church. 



Greene county is characterized by her fuU share of 
the honored and faithful element who have done so much 
for the development and upbuilding of Indiana and the 
establishment of the institutions of civilization in this 
fertile and well favored section. In this work are com- 
prised many biographical sketches of this class of cit'i- 
zens, and it is not too carl\ Im i-ecMrd in print the prin- 
cipal items in the lives <>i Uk>c honest people, giving 
honor to whom honor is due. Among these honored and 
sturdy pioneers the subject of this review is properly 
installed, his life having been worthy of commendation 
and admiration, as a host nf penple in this county who 
knew him well can testify. 

Mr. Langton was born in W'ooster, Ohio, April 
30, 1837, but spent most of his life in Indiana. He is 
the son of David and Mary (Black) Langton, natives of 
Pennsylvania, who moved to Wooster. \\'ayne county. 
Ohio, early in life. Later moving to the Hoosier state, 
David Langton enlisted his services in the defense of the 
Union at Logansport, but before he could see active 
service at the front fell sick and was discharged for dis- 
ability, thus being deprived of his desire to render service 
to his country. He and his wife were the parents of 
three' children, namely: James J., the subject of this 
sketch; Martha, the wife of James Denney, of Scotland, 
Indiana; Bruce, who gave his life for his country, hav- 
ing been killed in battle during the Civil war. David 
Langton passed away at his home in Logansport in De- 
cember. 1865. Mrs. Langton's death occurred in her 
native ciimmunitv — ^^'ooster, Wavne countv. Ohio. 


James Jefferson Langton received what education lie 
could from the rural schools. He was left motherless 
when a small boy and later lived with his aunt. Jane Rus- 
sell, with whom he remained until the feeling that his 
country needed his services in her dark days of trial, 
consequently he enlisted in Company K. One Hundred 
and Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, on August 
I, 1863, and elficiently served as a teamster until he was 
honorably discharged Februar}^ 27, 1864, not having 
taken part in any battle, somewhat to his regret, but he 
felt that his work was just as essential as that of the man 
behind the gun. and. indeed, he should receive the same 
honor. After the war Mr. Langton settled on a farm 
near Scotland, Greene county, Indiana, later buying forty 
acres of land in Daviess county, this state, and while he 
never farmed on an extensive scale, he did in a most 
praiseworthy manner what tasks he found to do and 
was reasonably successful throughout his life. On Feb- 
ruary 14, 1866, he was united in marriage with Rachel 
M. Garrett, daughter of Andrew and Jane (Walker) 
Garrett, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio with 
their parents, marn'ing in the last named state, and 
where, in Athens county, the wife of our subject was 
born. Mr. Garrett was a cooper by trade, which he plied 
in Marion county, Ohio, until the spring of 1864, when 
he moved with his family to Taylor township, Greene 
county, Indiana, where he continued his trade. He was a 
stanch Republican, and both Mr. and Mrs. Garrett were 
members of the United Presbviierian church. They 
raised the following- children : Nancy, who married An- 



drew Brown, both deceased; Margaret, who married 
James Wahace, both deceased; Mary Ann, who became 
the wife of William Baird, is dead, as is also her hus- 
band; Rachel M. is the wife of the subject ; John ^Y., who 
makes his home with Mrs. Langton, and has been en- 
gaged as a fanner and nurseryman, married Martha 
Hand, of Ohio, after which they came to Greaie county, 
Indiana, where she died. He was a gallant soldier in 
the Federal ranks in the sixties, after which he made 
his home in Martin county and in Scotland, this state. 
John W. has the following children : Man,' A., William, 
Frank, Calvin, Minnie and Allie. Jemima Garrett was 
first married to Bamey Rienhart. Her second husband 
was ^^'illiam Jackson and her third marriage was to F. 
Hall. She is now living in Boulder. Colorado. Mr. Gar- 
rett passed away in Martin county, Indiana, in 1868. 
Mrs. Garrett was called to her reward from Ohio. 

After 1866 James J. Langton and wife lived three 
miles west of Scotland, Indiana, for a period of seven 
years, and then moved to Scotland in 1873. where he 
engaged in the broom making business until his death, 
which occurred Januaiy 27, 1907, after having made a 
coinfortable home for his family and gained the honor 
that all such well ordered lives should receive. Mrs. 
Langton lives at Scotland. 

Mr. and Mrs. Langton' had but one child, Bruce F., 
now a well known merchant in Bloomfield, this county, 
being a dealer in dry goods and gents' furnishings. He 
was born November 6, 1871, and educated in the com- 
mon schools, also took two courses in normal work, and 
taught music for se\'en years with marked success. He 


subsequently engaged in business in Scotland, and later 
lived in Indianapolis for eighteen months, where he 
clerked for William H. Block & Company, and where he 
increased his knowledge of this line of business. In 1903 
he purchased an interest in the business of F. R. Van 
Meter, and under the firm style of Van Meter & Lang^on 
conducted a successful business for two years, when the 
junior member of the firm retired, but only for a month, 
when he opened up with an entirely new stock, and has 
since conducted a thriving business entirely on his own 
account, showing that he has pronounced innate busi- 
ness traits that make for success in the business world. 
In 1894 he chose a life partner, Anna B. Ingles, and one 
bright and interesting- child, Marian Lillian, has blessed 
their home as a result of this union. Bruce Langton is 
a Inyal Republican and he and his estimable wife are 
members of the United Presbyterian church. 


The present efficient superintendent of schools in 
Greene county was bom in Denmark, November 16, 1853, 
the son of Johan and Anna (Lillianskjosld) Danielson. 
The father of our subject was attorney general of Schle- 
wig and died in 1873. His wife, mother of our subject, 
died in 1859. They were both earnest, consecrated Chris- 
tians, members of the Lutheran church. Two children 
were bom to them — Christian, the subject of this sketch, 
and Secelia, wife of a Mr. Lever, now living in Copen- 
hagen, Denmark. 


Our subject graduated with lienors from the Uni- 
A-ersity of Copenliagen, Denmark, in 1873. Though only 
twenty years of age when he graduated, yet, as is the 
custom in Denmark, he had devoted himself closely to his 
student life, resulting in an education of the highest type. 

He immigrated to America in 1874, landing first in 
New York, but afterwards settling in Baltimore, Mary- 
land. Here he labored at anything he could get to do, 
and business was at a low tide on account of the severe 
panic of 1873. He remained here about two years, when 
he went td T.\nch1iurg. Virginia. Being full of energy 
and grit, he willingly turned his attention to anything 
that would give him honest employmait, so he engaged 
as a fann hand, other kinds of labor being scarce. In 
this capacity he labored for about seven years before a 
change came. Besides the hard times, he encountered 
the difficulty of learning a new language, which to one 
whose mother tongue is not English is no easy task. 
Continuing his labors on the fann, he came to Indiana in 
1878. and to Greene county in 1881. working on a fann 
in Highland township for two years. His first and 
only change was to teaching", and in this, like even- other 
work to which he applied his head and hand, success 
came to him in an eminent degree. For four years he 
taught in Marco, and Bloomfield, seeing his ability and 
success in this rising young man, sought his sen-ice in 
their public schools. He was made principal of their 
high school, in which capacity he continued for seven 
years. He then went to Owaisburg. having been elected 
to the superintendency, which he held for three years ; 
thence to Switz City, where he served in the same capac- 


ity for seven years. In Jnne, 1907, he was elected to the 
office of county superintendent, which office he now holds, 
and is praised by all for his efficiency and aiergy in try- 
ing to raise still higher the already high standard of 
Greene county schools. 

While in Bloomfield he was married to Susan Ful- 
ler, daughter of David and Elizabeth Fuller. She was 
bom in Smith township and her parents are now both 
dead. Her father was an early settler of the county and 
at the time of his death owned a large fann. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Danielson were born three chil- 
dren — Olaf Hogarth, born at Bloomfield, July 30, 1890; 
Rolf Segurd, bom at Owensburg, June 13, 1896, and 
Harrold Fuller, bom at Solsberr}\ June 16, 1898. 

The family seems to be true to their early training. 
Mr. Danielson is a member of the Lutheran church, while 
his wife continues trae to the Baptist faith. He is a 
member of the Masonic order, and a Republican in poli- 
tics. His first vote was for Hayes and Wheeler. 

The success attained by our subject is a lesson to 
all — an illustration of what can be done when determina- 
tion and grit get behind a pui-pose in life to push it 
along. Other honors are yet in store for him. He has 
won for hiiriself the confidence and high esteem of the 
people of the entire county. 


William L. Herrington is among the few who find 
their native community good enough to spend their lives 


in, so he has i-emained in Richland township, Greene 
county, since his birth, November 7, i860. After receiv- 
ing a common school education and living at home until 
he was twenty-two years old, he located two and one- 
half miles northwest of Bloomfield, Indiana, where he 
farmed for seventeen years. In 1901 he was appointed 
superintendent of the Greene county poor asylum, and is 
now serving his fourth term. He is generally popular 
in his native count}', being an active worker in the Dem- 
ocratic party, a Presbyterian and a member of the Order 
of Red Men, Lodge No. 230, of Bloomfield. It is said 
by many that no other man has filled the office he now 
holds so well as he. 

The subject was married on ^larch 18, 1844. to 
Camma \A'orkman, of Highland township. They have 
no children. His wife is the daughter of Henry and Sa- 
rah (Buckner) Workman, of Highland township, Greene 
county. Mr. Workman married the second time, choos- 
ing for a wife ]\Iahela Buckner. who is still living in 
Bloomfield. He was a farmer. Both he and his first 
wife are now deceased. 

Lewis Herrington, father of the subject, lived in 
Monroe county, Indiana, and married Caroline Miller, of 
near Dayton, Ohio. He had little chance to go to .school 
and at the age of fourteen years went to live with George 
Bradford, where he remained for nine years, after which 
he took up fanning in Richland township, Greene county. 
Later he went to Illinois, but returned to his old com- 
munity in Greene county, Indiana, where he continued 
fanning. He was a Democrat and a Presbyterian. He 
died about 1887 and his wife died in 1895. They are 


svirvived by four children — the subject of this sketch, 
Samuel H., a farmer in Fountain county, Indiana, who 
married Martha Bailes ; Thomas N., now in Los Angeles, 
California, formerly of Colorado and Kansas. He is an 
express miessenger and married Prudence Thompson. 
Pearl is the wife of Harry Doyle, of Richland township, 
Greene county. 

James Herrington was the subject's grandfather. 
He was a native of Kentucky and married Sarah Under- 
wood, of Lawrence county, Indiana. He came to the 
latter state and settled in Greene county, where he man- 
aged a farin for many years. He married a second wife, 
Elizabeth Scott, and they moved to Clark county, Illi- 
nois, where they both died. James Herrington had six 
children, three by each wife. They are Lewis, John, 
Perry, George, James and Maty. 

John Miller was the subject's maternal grandfather, 
a native of Philadelphia. He married Elnora Imboden 
and they went to Ohio, settling near Dayton. Later they 
came to Richland township, Greene county, Indiana, and 
secured two hundred and forty acres of land, where they 
lived for eleven years. He was a farmer and black- 
smith. He retired in 1890 and moved to Bloomfield, In- 
diana, where he died in 1902. His second wife was Eliz- 
abeth Barton, of South Carolina. She died in 1904 in 
Wortliington. He had nine children, all by his first wife. 
They were: Mariah, living near Tulip, Indiana; Cath- 
erine, living in Highland township; Elizabeth, living in 
Bloomfield; Leah lives in Bloomington ; Caroline, mother 
of the subject; Mar>^ lives in Bloomfield: Henr\' lives 
near Tulip; John, deceased; David. 



Men of general excellence in eveiy station of life — 
men of industry, of integrity, of high principle, of ster- 
ling honesty of purpose — desen^e and command the spon- 
taneous homage of their fellow men. 

Notably conspicuous among the learned and distin- 
guished men of Greene county is William L. Slinkard, of 
Bloomfield, a lawyer of repute, whose brilliant success has 
given him a state reputation. Gifted with talents beyond 
the measure of that given to the average individual, he has 
acquitted himself with exceptional honor as an advocate 
before judge and jury, and in those other spheres of duty 
and usefulness which the highest citizenship entails he has 
gained for himself the confidence and esteem of all who 
know him. Possessing a strong individuality, unimpaired 
vigor, discreet judgment and generous impulses, qualities 
that lead to positions of honor and trust — he has dis- 
charged the important public and private trusts that have 
come to him with marked devotion and absolute fidelity. 

Coming from a long line of honorable ancestry, 
whose early training inculcated a strict devotion to life's 
plain and simple virtues, he has struggled from humble 
surroundings to a commanding place in tlie world of af- 
fairs, and by his own achievements lias gained a compe- 
tency before reaching the meridian of life. 

William L. Slinkard is a native of Cass township, 
Greene county, Indiana, where he was boni February ig, 
1864. He is a son of Nathan V. and Sarah E. Slinkard. 
an appropriate sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this 
volume. He was reared and worked on the farm, spend- 


ing his boyhood amid the environments of rural Hfe. He 
attended the village schools, completing the entire course, 
and later attended the normal school at Bloomfield, after 
which he taught school for several years. He then took 
up the study of law, reading with Rose & Short, of Bloom- 
field, and attended law school at the University of Vir- 
ginia. When twenty-one years old he was admitted to 
the Bloomfield bar, and has ever since been one of its lead- 
ing members. He was appointed deputy prosecuting at- 
torney for the fourteenth judicial circuit in 1886 and his 
diligence in prosecuting offenders gained for him his 
party's nomination for prosecuting attorney in 1890. He 
was duly elected and re-elected in 1892. His administra- 
tion of this office and his zealous regard for the public 
morals gained for him a wide reputation as an able and 
fearless lawyer, and when he retired from office he easily 
secured a clientele second to none in the county. Mr. 
Slinkard is a Democrat of the progressive type, and sensed 
as presidential elector in 1896. He was his party's nomi- 
nee in 1906 for joint state senator from Monroe, Owen 
and Greene counties, and reduced the Republican majority 
from twelve hundred to seven hundred. JL/w ^1,^)2^1 

William L. Slinkard was married on June 2, 1897, 
to Pearl Cravens, daughter of Dr. Samuel C. and Mary L. 
Cravens. She was born and raised in Bloomfield, is a 
graduate of the Bloomfield high school, and is a social 
favorite in the best circles of society. Born to this union 
are three daughters, Esther, Ruth and Xaomi, all living, 
and one son dead, William Cravens Slinkard. 

Fraternally Mr. Slinkard is a member of the Masons. 
Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Red Men and Encamp- 


meat, and Elks, having been through all the chairs except 
those of the Masons and Elks. He is a member of the 
Lutheran and his wife of the Presbyterian church. 


Emery F. Haxton was Ixirn in Owen county, Indi- 
ana, in 1859. and was educated in the public schools of 
that county, working on his father's fami until 1892, 
when he came to Worthington. Indiana, and entered the 
hardware business, which he worked at for over two years. 
He was then in the drug business and later a traveling 
salesman. He later entered the hotel business and has 
been proprietor C)f the ^^'illiams House in Worthington 
since April 9, 1907. He was married in Januaiy, 1882,^ 
to Mary McClarren, a native of Greene county, and the 
daughter of John F. and Elizabeth (Williams) McClar- 
ren. They have one child, Estill R., who is a merchant 
in Jasonville, Indiana. E. F. Haxton is a Republican 
and was township trustee for six years. He is an Odd 
Fellow, having filled all the chairs in the local lodge, and 
is a member of the grand lodge and grand encampment. 
Airs. Haxton is a member of the Presbyterian church. 

Alexander C. Haxton was the father of the subject, 
a native of Ohio, who married Mary Harstine, a native 
of Pennsylvania. They had four children, namely: E. 
F., subject of this sketch : Laura, wife of Albert Daller, 
of Indianapolis: Harx-ey D.. now a real estate and in- 
surance dealer in \\'orthington, Indiana: Catherine, wife 


of Merton C. Bentley, of Chicago. A. C. Haxton was 
a soldier in the Civil war, having enlisted in 1861 in 
Company F, Ninety-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantr}'. 
He was in many of the hardest-fought aigagemaits of 
the war — Gettysburg, Shiloh, Missionarv' Ridge and Look- 
out Mountain. He was badly wounded at the last named 
battle and was never again able to go to the front, but 
was on detached duty at Indianapolis. He was mustered 
out in March, 1865, and is now living in Indianapolis, 
an invalid, being absolutely helpless from the effects of 
his wounds. However, he does not regret his ser\-ice to 
his countn-. 

The grandfather of the subject, Richard G. Haxton, 
was of Irish descent. He came to Ohio and later to 
Owen county, Indiana. In 1842 he entered land there, 
where he farmed the remainder of his life, and died in 
1890. The subject's grandfather Harstine was a native 
of Pennsylvania, who moved to Owen county, Indiana, 
about 1840, where he spent his life and died in 1877. 

The subject has always been regarded as an honest, 
upright and industrious citizen. 


Some ver\- interesting historical facts are brought 
to light by taking a glimpse into the ancestral records 
of William A. Terrj-, one of Worthington's representa- 
tive citizens. He was bom in Muhlenberg countv', Ken- 
tucky, being the son of George W. and Nancy A. (Shel- 


ton) Tern,'. His father was born in Virginia, having 
come to Kentuci<y with his parents wlien fourteen years 
of age. 

\\'iUiani's great-grandfather. Miles Terr}', was prac- 
tically one of the colonial settlers, locating first in Con- 
necticut, coming later to Virginia, and there ended his 
days. His nephew, Eli Teriy, and his son were the old 
original clock makers of the time. He took part in the 
Revolutionary' war, and was with Washingotn at the sur- 
render at Yorktown, where he was wounded, from the ef- 
fects of which he aftenvard died. The following alludes to 
George Terry-, grandfather of the subject. It was at his 
home church that the association of the Baptist church 
met when that denomination became divided, and it was 
there that Alexander Campbell withdrew from the asso- 
ciation. In his home were drawn up the resolutions de- 
nouncing the church doctrine of Alexander Campbell. 

William's grandfather, Thomas Teriy. born in 1791, 
was a soldier in the War of 18 12. Out of a family of nine 
children, four are still living, in 1908, the oldest of whom 
is Rev. George W. Terrj-, father of our subject. Another, 
one of the four. Azel M., was a soldier in the Civil war. 
and was a member of the Eleventh Kentucky Infantry. 
His home is still in that state. Thomas G., another of the 
family, was also a member of the Kentucky regiment of 
mounted infantiy. and here contracted a disease from 
which he died. 

The Rev. George W. Terry has had a most com- 
mendable career as a minister, being ordained in 1857, 
and is a graduate of the old Baptist University at Chi- 
cago. In July, KJO/. he preached his fiftieth anniversary 


sermon, and is still filling his pulpit, at the age of eighty- 
three. He too. was a soldier in the Civil war, having en- 
listed in 1862, in the Ninty-seventh Indiana Infantry and 
later became regimental chaplain. He participated in the 
battles of Missionary Ridge, Jackson, Mississippi ; Re- 
saca, Chickasaw Mountain, Atlanta, Savannah, Benton- 
ville and others. He was mustered out in July, 1865. He 
has preached over eleven thousand sermons and has bap- 
tized about fourteen hundred persons. In his younger 
days he practiced law, having been licensed as an attorney 
while in Kentucky, in 1854. 

On the maternal side we find also some interesting 
records. Grandfather John Shelton came from North 
Carolina and settled finally in Kentucky. He followed 
farming and owned some slaves. He gained a wide 
reputation as a hunter, and took active part in many In- 
dian wars. While at Point Commerce, he was sent with 
his command to re-inforce General Harrison at Tippe- 

William, our subject, was educated in the public 
schools of Monroe county, and remained upon the home 
farm until twenty-four years of age. He then rented a 
farm for himself, continuing thereon for ten years, after 
which he purchased a fami of eighty acres, operating it in 
connection with a sawmill. In 1894 he disposed of these 
and removed to Worthington. He then bought some coal 
land and for three years gave this his attention. Upon 
disposing of this, he went into the marble business, and 
was joined later by his brother. The firm is now enjoy- 
ing a very satisfactorj^ volume of business. 

On March 4, 1877. Mr. Terry was united in matri- 


mony with Mary Teague, who was born in Morgan coun- 
ty, Indiana, and is the daughter of Solomon and Melinda 
(Duckworth) Teague. At the time of her marriage to 
Mr. Teague, the latter was the widow of John Dittemon. 

Our subject and wife have the following children: 
Estella, wife of Scott Dodson; Mamie, born in 1884 and 
wife of Marion Mast. Miner, twin brother to Mamie, 
died in infancy; Lennie, bom in 1887, is the wife of 
Henry Goens, and is the mother of two children. 

Mr. and Mrs. Terry are members of the Baptist 
church, of which Mr. Teri-y is both deacon and trustee. 
He has also been a teacher and superintendent of the Sun- 
day school for many years. He is an active worker in the 
orders of Knights of Pythias and the Modem Woodmen, 
in both of which he has held important offices. He is 
a Republican, and Mr. Terry has demonstrated his pa- 
triotism by an upright career and loyalty to the principles 
of brotherhood in his daily contact with men. 


Among the representative men of Greene county who 
have added character and stability to the community and 
contributed largely of means and influence to its material 
advancement, the name of David S. Faulk is desennng of 
especial mention. Broad minded and liberal in his views 
of men and things, he has made his presence felt for 
good, and now after a long and useful career he can look 
back over his past life and find little therein to contrast 


and much to commend. Mr. Faulk's ancestors were 
among the early pioneers of North Carolina, in which 
state his grandparents on both sides of the family were 
bom. Grandfather Faulk spent his entire life in his na- 
tive commonwealth and died there many years ago. 
Charles Faulk, the subject's father, also a Carolinian by 
birth and a farmer by occupation, married Mary Fiscus, 
whose parents moved to Indiana as early as 1826 and 
settled in Owen county on a quarter section of land which 
Mr. Fiscus purchased from the government. In due time 
this land was cleared and improved, and on it Mr. and 
Mrs. Fiscus made their home until their deaths which 
occurred in the years 1872 and 1873, respectively. 

Charles Faulk spent the greater part of his life in 
Owen county, where he owned a fann of one hundred 
and twenty-six acres, which he cultivated until called to 
the other world in the year 1848. He and his good wife, 
zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church, did 
much to introduce religion into the community the}' 
assisted in founding, and are remembered as a most excel- 
lent and God-fearing couple, many of whose virtues have 
been reproduced in their descendants. 

David S. Faulk is a native of Indiana and dates his 
birth from August 20, 1840, having first seen the light of 
day on the family homestead in Owen county. He at- ' 
tended the schools of his neighborhood as opportunities 
peniiitted, but when a mere youth, was obliged to assume 
the responsibility of the farm's management by reason of 
the death of his father and to this he devoted his attention 
until his mother's second marriage, when, at the age of 
seventeen he began working for himself as a farmhand. 


Two years later he purchased his first real estate, consist- 
ing of twenty acres, on which he erected a staall house 
and commenced improving, until, in due time, he had the 
entire area, reduced to cultivation and here he lived until 
responding to the President's call for volunteers to assist 
in putting down the rebellion, enlisting Augaist 13, 1862, 
in Company F, Ninty-seventh Indiana Infantry, with 
which he sen-ed until mustered out June 9, 1865, and dur- 
ing the time experiaiced in full measure, the vicissitudes 
and horrors of warfare, taking part in a number of noted 
battles in Tennessee. Georgia, Mississippi and other 
states, including the engagements at Jackson, Knoxville 
and Missionaiy Ridge and various other actions of the 
Atlanta campaign, among which were Resaca, Dalton, 
New Hope Church and Kenesaw Mountain, where he 
became physically disabled, resulting from vaccination 
which necessitated hospital treatment of a number of 
weeks" duration. When sufficiently recovered to rejoin 
his command he again saw active duty at the battle of 
Griswoldville. Georgia, where he was twice wounded, and 
also participated in the engagement of Savannah, Geor- 
gia, in the reduction of Columbia, South Carolina. After 
being mustered out of service on the date above indicated, 
Mr. Faulk returned to Owen county. Indiana, and re- 
sumed the pursuit of agriculture, but, within a short time 
sold his little farni and during the following nine years 
tilled the soil as a renter. He then purchased five town lots 
in Forsyth. Illinois, and ten acres of land nearby, also a 
fami of one hundred and forty-nine acres in Greene coun- 
ty, to which he subsequently added forty acres and moved 
to this place where he continued to reside until 1894. when 


he disposed of the place and bought a sixty acre tract 
which he improved and erected good buildings, making it 
his home until retiring to Worthington three years later. 
Since 1897 he has not actively been engaged in business 
of any kind, having a sufficiency of the world's goods 
to insure ease and comfort for the remainder of his days. 
Surrounded by this evidence of his industry' and thrift 
and in the midst of a host of friends, he is spending his 
time in the enjoyment of that peace and content which 
ha\e come to crown a long and strenuous career, and 
standing high in the esteem of the public and making his 
influence felt in behalf of all that tends to its advance- 
ment, he may truly Idc regarded as one of the leading and 
enterprising men of the cnmmunit}' which he h<in(3rs with 
his residence. 

Mr. Faulk was first married in 1859, to Malona 
Pearce. After her death he chose a second companion 
and helpmate in the person of Margaret Stanley, daugh- 
ter of John and ]\Iarv' (Ball) Stanley, who has presided 
()\'er his home from that time to the present, and contrib- 
uted not a little to his success in life. Two children were 
born to the fomier union, the second being without issue. 

Mr. Faulk is a Republican in politics, a member of 
the Grand Army of the Republic and for many years has 
been a leading and influential communicant of the Baptist 
church. He has ever manifested a lively interest in be- 
half of all lines of good work under the auspices of the 
Baptist denomination,. contributing liberally to its educa- 
tional and benevolent institutions, the endowment of 
Franklin College especially profiting by his benefactions, 
and to him more than to any one man is due the erection 



of the house of worship known as Mt. Vemon churcli, 
near his farm liome, having- personally gotten out all the 
timber for the building, besides raising- the greater part 
of the funds necessarv to its construction. 

JAMES M. McDowell. 

James M. McDowell, hotel proprietor of Linton, 
Lidiana, was bom July ii, 1843, 'it Spring-v-ille, Law- 
rence county, and after attending school there for a 
number of years engaged in teaching in the public 
schools of his native county for three years. He was 
elected sheriff of that county in 1883 and sensed two 
years. Li 1885 he purchased a stock of hardware, 
also a hotel at Owensburg, and conducted these for a 
period of fifteen years. He left his property there and 
went to Oolitic, Indiana, later selling his holdings at 
Owensburg and operated a hardware business together 
with a hotel at Oolitic, and was postmaster of the place 
for three years, beginning in 1902, but he resigned the 
office in 1905, sold his business interests and purchased 
the Remington hotel, which he now conducts. He sei-ved 
as justice of the peace and notarv^ public in Lawrence 
county, and as census enumerator in 1880. He is a 
Republican, and has been a member of the Christian 
church for more than forty years. He married Ellen 
Armsti'ong on March i, 1874. She was the daughter of 
Ari Armstrong, of Perry township, Lawrence county. 
Seven children have been bom to this union as follows : 
Edith, deceased : Winnie, deceased ; Gail, wife of Homer 
Thrasher, of Bloomington ; Lena, Nellie, Ai-i C. and Paul, 
all living at home. All are graduates from the common 


schools except Paul, wlio is now in the eighth grade work. 
Ari is a civil aigineer in the employ of the Illinois Central 
Railroad Company. Nellie attended Valparaiso Normal 
College. She and Lena also attended the Danville, Illi- 
nois, nonnal school, where they took the teacher's course. 

The subject was a charter member of the Hardins- 
burg Lodge, No. 23, Knights of Pythias, organized in 
Februaiy, 1872. He has since transferred his member- 
ship to the Bloomfield, Acolade Lodge, No. 63. He is 
also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 545, at 
Owensburg, having joined it in 1885. 

The subject is the son of John and Ann ( Owen) 
McDowell, the fomier was born in North Carolina, in 
1809, and the latter in the same state, in 181 1. They 
married in Lawrence county, where they spent their lives. 
They had nine children, namely : Sallie, Elizabeth, Mary, 
William H., James M., Milton P., Nancy A., Jennie and 
Lucinda. The parents of the subject both died in Monroe 
county, Indiana, in their seventieth year. William H. 
McDowell, the subject's brother, was a private in Com- 
pany H, Third Regimait, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. 
Milton B., a brother, was also a soldier in the Civil war. 
Both saw hard service. The former was wounded at 
Pittsburg Landing. The latter was wounded at Raleigh. 
North Carolina. Both are still living. William is a phy- 
sician in Tola, Kansas. 


Among the progressive young business men of Lin- 
ton. Indiana, is Warren C. Tinstman, who was born in 


Butler. Dekalb county, this state, January 19, 1880. He at- 
tended school at Butler, graduating from the high school 
there when fifteen years of age. He was engaged in the 
laundry business for many years, beginning as an em- 
ploye in his home town. He purchased a laundiy plant 
at Garrett, Indiana, which he operated for one year. 
Then he sold out and leased a plant at Bloomfield, for 
eight months, pending negotiation to purchase his present 
business. This was culminated in August, 1903, when he 
purchased a half interest in a laundry and continued in 
a partnership business for two years, when he bought the 
entire plant, which has a capacity of doing about three 
hundred dollars' worth of business each week. He em- 
ployes an average of nine people. It is equipped with 
modern machineiy and appliances and is perhaps the bus- 
iest place in Linton. It turns out first class work and 
Mr. Tinstman enjoys a very liberal home patronage. 

The subject was married September 17, 1903, to 
Lillian R. Roberts, daughter of Charles H. and Catharine 
Roberts, of Fair Play township, Greene county. Mrs. 
Tinstman was born on a farm where her parents now live. 
They have a fine farm and are among the prosperous 
families of the community. 

The subject is the son of John W. and Sarah ( Gun- 
senhauser) Tinstman, the former being born in 1858, in 
Elkhart county, Indiana, and the latter in Dekalb county. 
John W. is a contractor and builder. He is now promot- 
ing a patent right business. He is the patentee of the 
Tinstman Concrete Block Machine, and he has discontin- 
ued contracting to deA'ote his attention to the sale of his 
patent machine. He is living at Butler. Indiana. He had 


two sons, of which the subject is the eldest. John Henry, 
the other son, is a locomotive engineer, employed on the 
Pennsylvania Railroad. He is unmarried and lives at 
Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The father of the subject has 
been very successful in his business career. Both he and 
his wife are descended from Gemian ancestors, who first 
settled in Pennsylvania. John Jacob Gunsenhauser. the 
subject's grandfather, was a tailor in New York City. 
He later came to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, dying 
in Dekalb county. 

The subject is a Republican, a member of the ElkS' 
and also Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. He is also 
a member of tiie Fraternal Order of Eagles. 


Among the highly respected citizens of Lyons, 
Greene county, Indiana, none stand higher in popular 
regard than does the subject of this brief sketch, which 
should have a tendency to inspire the ambitious, though 
poor, young man, who chances to read it, for this biog- 
raphy has to do with a man who was handicapped in his 
boyhood, but who did not permit poverty to down him. 
On the contrary, he believed with Shakespeare that "sweet 
are the uses of adversity ; though, like the toad, ugly and 
venomous, yet wears a precious jewel in their head," and, 
having this conception of his early lack of opportunities, 
Mr. Hall set out on life's pathway with fortitude and 
his efforts have been crowned with abundant success. 


The subject was born in Bloomfield. Indiana, in 
1 86 1, the son of Albert and Jennie (Fox) Hall, the father 
of the latter having come to Bloomfield as a pioneer from 
North Carolina. He was always identified with the mer- 
cantile business. Grandfather Fox was a Revolutionary 
soldier. The father of the subject came from North Car- 
olina when a j'oung man and settled in Bloomfield, 
where he followed his profession as tailor, dying- there in 
the early sixties, when only middle aged, his wife having 
preceded him by several years, leaving two children, a 
daughter and Lewis R., the subject of this sketch. 

Mr. Hall attended the public schools for a short time 
in Bloomfield, and later came to Lyons when but a boy 
with no one to care for him or to assist him in any way, 
but the fact that he was thus early in life thrown upon 
his own resources, dev-eloped in him that independence 
of nature and self-reliance that have made for success, 
without which no one succeeds to any marked degree. He 
attended school in Lyons for a short time, but he was 
compelled to work at whatever odd jobs could be 
picked up, and for several years he hired out as a farm 
hand. By habits of economy he was able to save enough 
to take part in a company organized to mine coal, and 
known as the Island Valley Coal Company, with head- 
quarters at Linton, which continued for many years until 
sold to the tiiist. Our subject was veiy successful in this 
venture. He then identified himself with another com- 
pany with offices at Terre Haute, known as the Sugar 
Valley Coal Company, in which he still owns an interest, 
but does not give his personal sen-ices to the work. This 
company is incorporated and doing an extensive business. 


In September, 1905, Mr. Hall bought a hardware store 
in Lyons, in partnership with J. W. Sappinfield, under 
the timi name of Sappinfield & Hall. They gradually 
built up a trade sufficient to greatly increase their original 
stock until now it is doubled. They maintain a high 
grade store, carrying a general line of hardware and fann- 
ing implements of all kinds. Their business is at present 
very large; in fact, it would compare vei-y favorably with 
similar lines of business in larger cities. The trade of this 
well established firm is not confined to the community 
in which their store is located, but it extends to remote 
parts of the county. 

Mr. Hall was married in 1884 to Sallie E. Brinson. 
daughter of Zebulon Brinson. She is a native of Greene 
county, her ancestors having come to this state from Ken- 
tucky. One child has been bom to this union, Lillie 
Viola, the date of her birth being 1888. She is married 
and the mother of one child. She and her mother are 
both members of the Methodist church. 

James Hall, an uncle of the subject, was a soldier 
in the Mexican war and also in the Civil war, later serving 
as a regular for five years. He is now deceased. 

Fraternally the subject of this sketch is identified 
with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, having filled all the chairs in the local lodge of the 
latter. He is a Democrat, but does not have the time 
nor the inclination to take very active part in politics. 
However, Mr. Hall can always be depended upon to be on 
the right side of all questions pertaining to the general 
public good and the moral uplift of his community. 



The professional men of Worthington have done 
much to promote the best interests of the city, and among 
those who are well known and have been closely identified 
with the city's growth, is Dr. James D. English, who 
was bom in Sullivan county, Indiana, March 16, 1858. 
His father. Jarred P. English, was a native of Ohio, hav- 
ing been bom there December 4. 1825. James' great- 
grandfather came from Ireland in 1795. settled in Dela- 
ware and later removed to near Redstone, Pennsylvania. 
His wife, about whose name subject is not certain, but is 
either Anna McCollister or Anna (Collins) English, was 
the mother of six children, viz. : James, John, Patrick. 
Thomas, Katie and Polly. Thomas, our subject's grand- 
father, was the father of six children: Mary. Harriet. 
Jarred P.. Nancy, Thomas, William, and John. He had 
one child, Samuel I., by a second wife. 

James' mother, Mary A. (Lyons) English, was born 
in Ohio February li, 1829. and died November i. 1871. 
Her grandfather, Hugh Lyons, was bom in County 
Down. Ireland, in 1756. and died in Ohio in 1836. Her 
grandmother, whose maiden name was Arabella Arburth- 
not. was also bom in County Down. Ireland. She died 
in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1808, at the age of forty- 
six years. Mrs. English's father was bom in Belmont 
county, Ohio, in 1800, and died in Sullivan county. In- 
diana, in 1876. He was a blacksmith and edge toni 
maker, being a skilled workman and a most pious Chris- 
tian gentleman, having been an elder in the Presbyterian 
church for over fifty years. At the time of his death he 




held the distinguished record of being the oldest Free 
Mason in point of membership in Sulhvan county. 

Jarred P. English, our subject's father, was an or- 
derly sergeant in the Thirteenth Regiment of the Indiana 
Light Artillery^, having enlisted in 1862 and was mus- 
tered out in the fall of 1864. This regiment had a most 
noted record, and was engaged in some of the most bit- 
ter and hard-foughts conflicts of the war. To follow this 
company through its many vicissitudes would consume 
more space than this limited biography can afford, but 
reference to any standard chronicle of the Civil war will 
enable the reader to form an estimate of what the com- 
pany endured. Just as a suggestion we make reference 
here to Chickamauga. where the losses to both sides in 
killed, wounded and missing reached almost 40,000 men. 
Other conflicts in the list are Chancellorsville, Missionar\- 
Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Perr\-ville, and many others. 
But in addition to active sen-ice on the field of battle Mr. 
English endured many hardships as a prisoner of war, 
coming out at the close of the ser\'ice much weakened in 
body, but strong in patriotic spirit. After the war he fol- 
lowed the trade of blacksmith and also that of leaker, anrl 
died October 20. 1897. 

James was educated in the public schools of Greene 
county and worked with his father in the bakerv', thus 
learning the trade, and then followed the business for 
several years. Having come to Worthington in 1865 
with his parents, being then only six years of age, he 
later took up dentistry, beginning the practice with Dr. 
P. H. Wilson in 1876. Following this he formed a part- 
nership with W. H. Welch and finally, in 1880, he ai- 


g'aged in business for himself, having a most gratifying 

Mr. Enghsh is a Repubhcan, but has taken a stand 
at all times for fair and honorable discharge of public 
obligations. He has been chosen a member of the town 
board and has also served his townsmen on the school 
lioard, one tenn each. He lends his support to the Pres- 
byterian church, having sei-yed as deacon and as teacher 
in the Sunday school. Not only in church life has Mr. 
English been prominent, but he is a familiar figure in 
the lodge halls of the city. Among- his affiliations are 
the Odd Fellows, Masons, Modern Woodmen and East- 
ern Star, in most of which he has filled important offices. 
In the laying out and platting one of the additions to the 
city Mr. English has also had a part, as well as in per- 
fecting an addition to the cemeteiy. . 

On December 26, 1879. Mr. English was joined in 
matrimony to Dorcas A. Cantwell, of Worthington, 
daughter of James F. and Margaret (Harper) Cantwell, 
both natives of this county. Three children have graced 
this union: Raymond A., born Alay 6, 1881, is practic- 
ing dentistry at Clay City: Jessie A., bom October i^, 
1883. is the wife of Fred M. Dyer: Mamie, born in 1887. 
is a student in the Indianapolis Conservatory- of Music 
and is now acting as assistant instructor in elocution. The 
subject owns a beautiful home and spent eleven years in 
the drug business with J. T. Cooper as partner, under the 
fimi name of Cooper & English. He was one of the orig- 
inators of the local telephone exchange and has been 
prominent in all local industries. 

:\Irs. English's father, James F. Cantwell, was a sol- 
dier in the Civil war and senxd three years in the Eighti- 


eth Indiana Volunteer Infantiy and was a non-commis- 
sioned officer, acting as captain for nearly two years, and 
he now resides at Gambia with his daughter, Mrs. Mag- 
gie Beach. He was a farmer in early life and later en- 
gaged in the manufacture of brick. Since the deatli of 
his wife in Febnian', 1908, he. has resided with his 
daughter. He is a Republican, a Presbyterian, and be- 
longs to the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Anny of 
the Republic, and was one of General \Vilder"s brigade. 


Charles E. Combs, a real estate and insurance 
dealer and one of the representative business men 
and public-spirited citizens of Greene county, is de- 
scended from sterling pioneer ancestiy and traces 
both branches of his family to a period when the 
savages still roamed ' over Indiana soil, and the 
few cabins of the settlers were as niches in the dense pri- 
meval forests. William Combs, the subject's grand- 
father, a native of North Carolina, married in that state, 
Asanath Ellis, and in 1830 migrated to Rush county, 
Indiana, settling on land about six miles from Rushville, 
where he remained until removing to Hancock county 
four years later. Subsequently, about 1838. he changed 
his residence to Greene county, and purchasing a tract of 
government land in Taylor to-wnship, in due time devel- 
oped a good farm and became a man of considerable local 
prominence. Mr. Combs made the long journey from 


North Carolina to his new home in the forests of Indiana, 
by team, cutting no small part of the way through the 
wilderness, camping out at night and meeting with many 
stirring adventures en route, to say nothing of the nu- 
merous hardships experienced. He was an industrious 
man, a pious member of the Baptist church and an ar- 
dent Whig, although coming to the state where no black 
man was held in servitude. He reared a family of eight 
children and died in 1869. The names of his children 
were as follows: Joel E., deceased; Jabez J., Adoniram 
P., Martha K., Marj- Ann, deceased; Eli S.. William H., 
and Margaret, who died in infancy. 

William H. Combs, the youngest living member of 
the above family, and father of the subject of this review, 
was born June J5. 1840, on the homestead in Taylor 
township, and grew to manhood, a tiller of the soil, which 
honorable vocation, he has since followed. He married in 
1869, to Isabella Faucett, whose birth occured in the 
above township in 1847, being the daughter of George 
and Elizabeth Stone Faucett, the father born in Orange 
county, Indiana, where his family settled many years ago, 
moving to this state from Kentucky. The family of 
George and Elizabeth Faucett consisted of ten children, 
the majority of whom grew to maturity and became well 
settled in life. Mr. Faucett died of measles while in the 
army, having been a member of the Fifty-ninth Indiana 
Infantr}-, his widow departing this life in Kansas, in 
1907, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. 

William H. and Issabella Combs have had ten chil- 
dren as follows: Charles E., whose name introduces this 
sketch: Minnie, wife of Joseph Crabb : James E. ; Mar- 


garet, died in infancy; Charlotte F., now Mrs. John De\-il- 
biss; EmiTia E., who married Alfred Isenogle; Marj^ A. 
wife of Alonzo Carroll; Carrie E., John T.. and \\'illiam 
H., the last named dying in infancy. 

William H. Combs is a practical farmer and a most 
e.xcellent and praiseworthy citizen. He served two years 
in the Civil war, in Company H. Eighty-first Indiana 
Infantr\', and was discharged on account of disability 
before the expiration of his period of enlistment. He is 
a Republican in politics, and a consistent member of the 
Christian church, to which his wife and several of his 
children belong. 

Charles E. Combs, our subject, was born on the fam- 
ily homestead in Taylor township. June 25, 1870, and 
grew to maturity familiar with the rugged duties of the 
fami, attending at intervals the district schools of the 
neighborhood. After finishing the common school course 
he took a business course in the Indiana Business Univer- 
sity, at Indianapolis, in addition to which he also attended 
several normals, thus fitting himself for teaching, a pro- 
fession he followed for about four years with gratifying 
success. The inducements of the educational work, how- 
ever, not being in keeping with his ideas of what a per- 
manent calling should be, he discontinued it at the expira- 
tion of the period indicated, and in 1894 removed to 
Bloomfield, where he sen-ed four years as deputy county 
auditor under H. L. Doney, following which he engaged 
in the real estate and insurance business, his real estate 
interests in Greene and neighboring counties, taking a 
wide range, and he has made as many deals and as many 
sales as any other agency in the citv of Bloomfield. to 


sa_y nothing of his large and steadily growing patronage 
in the field of insurance. 

In the year 1892 Mr. Combs was happily married 
to Isadore D. Edington, the accomplished daughter of 
William W. and Harriet R. (Hays) Edington (a sketch 
of whose family history will be found elsewhere in this 
work). Mrs. Combs was bom in Jackson township, 
Greene county, and enjoyed the advantages of a liberal 
education, and she possesses those admirable qualities of 
character which have made her a favorite in the best 
social circles of the city in which she lives, giving her 
encouragement and active support to the club movements 
there, being a member of the Twentieth Century club, 
which has proven an influential agency both socially and 
educationally. She is also identified with the Daughters of 
Rebekah, takes an active part in the deliberations of the 
organization and for some time past has been recognized 
as one of its most influential leaders. 

Mr. and Mrs. Combs are the paretits of two chil- 
dren — Earl a student in the Bloomfield schools, and Eli 
D., dying in infancy. 

In his political views Mr. Combs is a Republican, 
but not a partisan, and at the present time is sei-\'ing as 
the efiicient president of the town board of Bloomfield. 
Fraternally he belongs to the Modem Woodmen of 


The subject of this review is one of the representa- 
; men of Greene county, and enjoys the g-eneral respect 


that comes to those wlio hve clean hves and use their 
abihties for the bettemient of humanity. Wilham W. 
Templeton is a native of Greene county, Ohio, where his 
birth occurred July 28, 1837, being the son of \^'illiam 
and Ruth (Booth) Templeton, both born in Pennsylvania. 
The father, a soldier in the war of 1812, and a man of 
sterling worth, was the son of an Irish emigrant who 
came to America in 1764, and sen-ed with creditable 
record in the struggle for Independence, subsequently, 
settling in Pennsylvania. He married Joan Wallace, an 
aunt of Hon. David Wallace, at one time governor 
of Indiana, and father of General Lew \\'allace, the distin- 
guished soldier, diplomat and author. 

William W. was reared on a farm, and continued 
that kind of life until reaching maturity, and then, 
in addition to agricultural pursuits, devoted much time to 
cutting cord-wood, remaining in his native state until 
1859, when, with a number of youths as daring as him- 
self, he went to Pike's Peak in quest of fortune and 
adventure. Returning' from the West he resumed his 
fomier occupation and was thus engaged until the 
national horizon became overcast with the ominous 
clouds of rebellion, at the breaking out of which he re- 
sponded to his country's call by enlisting in 1861, in 
Company C, Twenty-first Indiana Infantry, subsequently, 
the First Heavy Artillery, with which he shared the for- 
tunes and vicissitudes of war in a number of campaigns 
and battles, including, among others, the actions of Baton 
Rouge and Port Hudson, Louisiana, Spanish Fort, and 
Mobile, Alabama. Being promoted to first sergeant 
shortly after entering the sen-ice, he later rose to the 


ranks of second and first lieutenant, the fomier in April, 
1864, the latter in March of the year following. After 
a military career covering a period of four and one-half 
years, he was mustered out of sen-ice at Baton Rouge, 
Louisiana, January 10, 1866, and eleven days later re- 
ceived an honorable discharge at Indianapolis, Indiana, 
after which he engaged in the manufacture of lumber in 
Greene county, purchasing a well equipped mill which he 
operated with encouraging success during the thirty-five 
years ensuing. While thus engaged he met with several 
reverses in fortune, not the least of which were the two 
fires in which his mill was completely destroyed, entailing 
severe losses from which he did not immediately rally. 
Later he operated lumber mills for other parties for a 
period of five years, at the expiration of which time he 
discontinued active pursuits and has since been living in 
retirement in Bloomfield, where he owns a comfortable 
and commodious home, and enjoys the respect and confi- 
dence of the large circle of friends and acquaintances with 
whom he mingles. 

Mr. Templeton has ever manifested a lively interest 
in the afifairs of his city and county, gives encouragement 
and support to all measures for the public good, and 
wields a wholesome influence in behalf of every enterprise 
calculated to promote the moral welfare of the commu- 
nity. Religiously he is an active and consistent member 
of the Christian church, of Bloomfield, in which he is dea- 
con, and for a number of years has been identified with 
the Masonic fraternity, the sublime principles and precepts 
of which he exemplifies in his relations with his fellow 
men. ]Mr. Templeton has held no puljlic ofiice but has al- 


ways kept in close touch with pubHc afifairs, being a Re- 
pubhcan in his poHtical affiliations, but in no sense of the 
temi a partisan or seeker after official preferment. 

The domestic life of Mr. Templeton dates from 
1867, on May 22d, of which year he was united in the 
bonds of matrimony to Loretta Rosecrans, daughter of 
Oliver and Mary J. (Kirk) Rosecrans, the father a native 
of Ohio and a nephew of General W. S. Rosecrans, one 
of the distinguished Federal leaders in the Civil war. Mr. 
and Mrs. Templeton are the parents of eleven children, 
whose names are as follows: Elmer, who died in 1898; 
Samuel Wallace, superintendent of mines, at Joplin, 
Missouri; Mary E., a member of the home circle; Sarah 
Bell, deceased; Zella May, deceased; F. M. D., deceased; 
Ellen, wife of Thomas Talbott, of Joplin, Missouri; 
Flora M., now Mrs. William Talbott, of the same place; 
Grace R., bookkeeper in the Bloomfield State Bank; 
Bessie L.. who lives with her parents; and Wilhemina. 
student in the schools of Bloomfield. Mr. Templeton's 
oldest son, whose death is noted above, was a popular 
young man of exceptional ability, high moral worth, 
and at the time of his decease held a responsible position 
with the Denver State Savings Bank, Denver, Colorado. 
The managers of that institution reposed in him the ut- 
most confidence. The career of Samuel Wallace, the 
second son, presents a series of continued successes, such 
as few in a much longer life seldom attain. His position 
as superintendent of the mines is one great responsibility, 
but he discharged the duties of the trust in an eminentlv 
satisfactory manner, and occupies a high standing among 
the enterprising men of his adopted city. 



The biographical annals of Greene county, Indiana, 
would be incomplete were there failure to make specific 
mention of Mr. Davidson, who has long been prominently 
identified with the industrial, material and civic progress 
of this section, having been concerned in various enter- 
prises and having ever stood for loyal and public spirited 

A glance at Mr. Davidson's ancestry will be neces- 
saiy in order to get an idea of where his own sterling 
qualities came from. His grandfather, George David- 
son, was a native of Kentucky, having spent his early 
life there on a farm, being contemporary with Daniel 
Boone, but he finally came to Sullivan county. Indiana, 
in 1825. in the earliest days of white settlements, where 
he entered wild land and soon had a good farm. The 
first log house he built was the one in which the subject 
and father of our subject were born. George Davidson 
and wife lived and died on this farm, rearing nine chil- 
dren, two of them, George and John, having been sol- 
diers in the Union army. Grandfather Davidson died in 
1839, at the age of forty-five. His widow sui^vived him 
many years. The subject's great-graiidmother David- 
son was in the fort at Boonesborough, Kentucky, when 
the Calloway girls were stolen by the Indians, the chron- 
icle of which has been well known for a centur\-, but a 
brief statement of the stoiy will not be amiss here. It 
will be remembered that Daniel Boone was in charge of 
this fort when the three beautiful Calloway girls were 
wooed by young men of that vicinity, but their parents 


objected to the young men becoming- husbands of their 
daughters. However, when the Indians surprised the girls 
while rowing on the river near by, and carried them away 
as captives, the parents of the girls told the young suitors 
that their consent to the triple marriage would be given 
if the boys would recapture the girls. This was accom- 
plished after an exciting chase and the marriages were 
duly solemized. William Davidson, an uncle of the subject, 
was one of the heroic characters that braved the perils 
of crossing .the plains to California in 1852, having made 
the trip on horseback, driving three hundred head of milch 
cows across a country where there were no roads for hun- 
dreds of miles and where hostile Indians harrassed the 
party of travelers. 

The subject's father. Dudley Davidson, spent his early 
life in Sullivan county, his schooling being very limited. 
He worked on the home place, which consisted of one hun- 
dred acres, until maturity. Being the youngest son he 
purchased the interest of the other heirs to the place and 
operated it until 1872, when he went into the distilling 
business, which proved to be an unfortunate venture from 
a financial standpoint. He then came to Greene county, 
Indiana, in 1874, and rented land, also engaged in carpen- 
ter work. He is still living there at the age of seventy- 
one (in 1908), and his wife, who was Elizabeth Hauck, 
is sixty-six. She was fomierly a Presbyterian, but she 
was one of the principal organizers of the Methodist 
church in the vicinity of Lyons, in 1878, which has grown 
into a strong organization, in which her husband was 
trustee for a number of years. GrandfatherHauck was 
a native of Germany, who settled in Buffalo, New York, 


later coming to Columbus, Indiana, where biitli he and 
his wife died of cholera in 1850. leaving three children. 

John Davidson, the subject of this sketch, came with 
his parents to Greene county, Indiana, in 1874, having at- 
tended public school in Sullivan county, he continued 
his school work in Greene county for a short time, 
remaining with his father and assisting him in farming 
until he entered the Bloomfield Normal, from which he 
graduated, and, after which, he successfully taught school 
for six years in this county. In 1886 he saw an excellent 
opening in the undertaking business which he entered, 
having had some fomier experience in this line, and which 
he worked at exclusively until 1896, when he added a 
furniture business, at which he is still engaged. It is the 
only business of this character in Lyons. Something of 
the able manner in which our subject has conducted 
this business will be shown by obsei'ving the rapid growth 
of his business. When he first started as an undertaker, 
he had one room of his dwelling set apart for an office : 
now he owns a large two-stor\^ brick building in which 
his stock is located. His enterprise and ability are further 
shown by the fact that he was the organizer of the Lyons 
Co-operative Telephone Company, of which he is now 
president and manager. 

Mr. Davidson was married in 1886 to Etfie Aikman. 
daughter of Archibald and Maiy (Plummer) Aikman, 
a native of Daviess county, her grandfather, Hugh Aik- 
man, having been the first white male child born in Daviess 
county, Indiana. Seven children have been born to the 
suljject and wife as follows: Earl, a telegraph operator; 
Lloyd, who is in the undertaking business with his father; 


Edna, who is living- at home and attending school ; Roxie 
is attending- school, both she and Edna devoting part of 
their time to the duties of the telephone ofifice; Ada, Lessie 
and Harriett are still living at home. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Davidson are members of the Methodist church, the for- 
mer having been trustee of the same for many years and 
is now superintendent of the Sunday school. Five of 
his children are members of the same church. He is also 
treasurer, and was delegate to the church conference. 
Mr. Davidson is a strong and popular lodge man, being 
a Mason, a member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, Knights of 
P>thias, Encampment of Rebekahs and Ben-Hur. He has 
filled the chairs of all these lodges except the Masons, and 
is now in one of the principal chairs of that society. He 
was a representative to the grand lodge of Odd Fellows 
and a delegate to the state meeting; of the Modem Wood- 
men, treasurer of the Odd Fellows and scribe of the En- 
campment. Politically he is a Democrat, and was the 
candidate of his party for county auditor. He was 
defeated with his party, although the county went seven 
hundred rnajority, he reduced the vote to three hundred 
majority. He has been president of the town board ever 
since Lyons was incorporated, eight years ago. The 
town is in good financial condition, not owing a cent, due 
ver\^ largely to Mr. Davidson's splendid executive ability. 


He whose name heads this sketch enjoys the distinc- 
tion of being one of the leading- physicians of this part 


of the country, having- one of the largest surgical prac- 
tices in the vicinity of Lyons, Greene county, Indiana. 
To natural abilities of a high order he unites a careful 
preparation and a genial and sympathetic temperament, 
which go far to lighten the efforts of the successful phy- 
sician. Dr. Chambers is a descendent of the sterling stock 
from the land of the "blue bells and heather," the land of 
Robert Bruce and Walter Scott, and a study of the innate 
traits of this man will show that he has inherited much 
of those rare qualities that make for success in as trying 
a profession as that which our subject has chosen ; for his 
grandfather Chambers was born in Scotland and 
broug-ht by his parents to America when seventeen years 
old. He felt the call of the sea and always had a tendency 
to lead the life of a sailor, leaving home several times 
without first gaining the consent of his parents, and 
engaging with various ship crews. Later in life he located 
in Knox county, Indiana, becoming a farmer, buying land 
and establi.shing a mill, bought and trafficked in produce 
on flat boats to New Orleans, being a general trader, and 
he also owned a store. He died in 1850, at the age of 
ninety-one, leaving four sons and two daughters, the for- 
mer, all famiers in Knox county, some of them still own- 
ing the old Chambers farm. Both Grandfather Chambers 
and his wife were ardent workers in the Baptist church. 
The subject's maternal grandfather, Mr. Bower, came 
from Germany and settled in Kentucky, where he entered 
government land. 

Eli Chambers, the father of the subject, who was a 
native of Knox county, this state, died August 15. 1885, 
at the age of seventy-one years. He married Sarah 


Bower, who died in February, 1903, at the age of eighty 
years. To them were bom five sons and three daughters; 
all the sons are living, but the daughters are all deceased. 
John L., the oldest son, was a soldier in the Union army, 
in the Fifty-first Volunteer Infantry of Indiana, having 
served under Sherman and was in all the great battles 
fought by his regiment. He came near losing his eye- 
sight as the result of hardships of the sen'ice. He is still 
living in 1908. 

Dr. Benjamin F. Chambers, our subject, was born in 
Knax count}-, Indiana, in 1868, and received his early 
education in the common schools there, working on a farm 
until he was twenty-eight years old. In the winter time 
he attended the Central school, at Danville Indiana, from 
which he graduated in 1893, after which he ably taught 
school for four years and attended a medical college, 
graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, 
in Indianapolis, in 1897, taking the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine. After practicing for three years he took a 
post-graduate course at the Chicago Post Graduate School. 
He first located at Westphalia, where he built up a good 
practice, which he enjoyed for six years, when he came to 
Lyons, where he has been practicing with pronounced suc- 
cess e\'er since. The fact that he has been president of 
the Knox County Medical Society is enough to show 
with what high regard he is held among members of his 
profession. He has been surgeon for the Vincennes 
branch of the Vandalia road. 

Dr. Chambers was married September 5, 1896, 
to Nellie Virtue, of Noblesville. Indiana, the daughter 
of Hein-y and Angelina (Stevens) Virtue, both natives 


of Hamilton county, this state, and Quakers in their 
religious belief. The father is living in 1908, having 
sundved his wife. Mr. Virtue is superintendent of In- 
dian schools in Idaho, and teaches agriculture. 

Two children have been born to Dr. Chambers and 
wife, namely : Laurel Lee, whose date of birth was No- 
vember 5, 1901, and Glen Galen, who was born Novem- 
ber 25, 1904. The Doctor is a Mason, a member of the 
Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, 
Modem Woodmen and Ben-Hur lodges, in all of which he 
has taken a great deal of interest. Politically he is a 
Republican, and he and his wife are affiliated with the 
Methodist church. 

Dr. Chambers devotes practically his undivided time 
to his professional work, his popularity having increased 
to such an extent that he has time to do little else than look 
after his practice. However, he is vice-president of the 
Bank of Lyons and has considerable business interests. He 
is held in highest esteem by all who known him. 


Clearly defined purpose and consecutive effort in the 
affairs of life seldom fail in attaining a due measure of 
success. In following the career of one who has achieved 
success and high standing among his fellow men there 
came into view the intrinsic individuality which makes 
such accomplishment possible. The greater qualities that 
have made Hemy Williams one of the prominent and 



successful men of Greene county have also won for him 
the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, for his 
career has been characterized by well directed energy, 
strong determination and honorable methods. 

Mr. Williams is a native of Putnam county, Indiana, 
and a descendant of two old and eminently respectable 
families that figured in the early historj- of Maryland, 
Virginia and Kentucky, his paternal ancestors coming 
from the former states and his mother's people from the 
latter. His grandfather Williams, a native of Maryland, 
migrated in quite an early day from Virginia, then moved 
to Kentucky, and after a residence of some years in the 
latter state moved his family to Montgomery county, 
Ohio, where he followed his chosen calling of fanning un- 
til becoming a resident of Putnam county, Indiana, over 
eighty years ago. He entered land in that county, cleared 
and improved a good farm, and raised a large family, rep- 
resentatives of which are now scattered over the various 
parts of Indiana and other central and western states. 
Robert Williams, the subject's father, was born in^ Ken- 
tucky and there married Angeline Hutchison, a native of 
that commonwealth. He came to Putnam county, In- 
diana, when that part of the state was new and took an 
active part in the development of the locality in which 
he settled. He also reared a large family, and, after 
perfonning well his part in life, was gathered with his 
good wife to his fathers, lx)th having been long- sleeping 
the sleep of the just. 

Henry Williams, whose name introduces this article, 
was born August 24, 1832, in Putnam county, Indiana, 
and grew to mature years on the family homestead, re- 


maining- with liis father until reaching maturity, mean- 
time, in such subscription schools as the country afforded. 
he received the rudiments of an education, subseciuently 
adding to his knowledge of books, attending at intervals 
the free schools which were introduced into the state 
during his boyhood. After attaining his majority he la- 
bored as a farm hand for several years and then as a 
renter until the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, 
when he exchanged the implements of husbandry for 
those of war, enlisting in October, 1861, in Company D, 
Fiftieth Indiana Infantry, with which he served until the 
consolidation of the Fiftieth and Fifty-second, with which 
he remained until the close of the struggle. Mr. Wil- 
liams' military experience was strenuous in all the term 
implies, and throughout the four long years he was at the 
front his conduct was ever that of a brave and gallant 
soldier who shirked no duty or danger. Among the bat- 
tles in which his command took part were Mimfordville. 
Kentucky, Parker's Cross Roads, Tennessee, the various 
engagements in Steel's campaign in Arkansas, including 
thirty-one days of continuous fighting, in one of which, 
the action at Jenkin's Ferry, he was severely wounded 
and left on the field, where he fell into the hands of the 
enemy, remaining a prisoner from that time until re- 
leased at the close of the war. 

After his discharge Mr. ^^'illiams resumed the pur- 
suits of civil life and for a period of nine years sen'ed 
on the police force of Indianapolis, at the end of which 
time he engaged in butchering in that city, following the 
same for a limited period. Disposing of his interests in 
the capital city, he came to ^^'orthington and built the 


\\'illiams House, of which he was proprietor during tlie 
twenty years following, and which, under his excellent 
management, became widely and favorably known as one 
of the best and most popular hostelries in the south cen- 
tral part of the state. Mr. Williams spared no pains nor 
e.xpense to make his house meet the most critical demands 
of the traveling public, proved an ideal host, and during 
the years spent in ministering to the needs and comforts 
of his numerous guests there were few places in Indiana 
where the name of "Uncle Henry" was not known and 
respected. The Williams, which represents an 
investment of twenty-five thousand dollars in Worthing- 
ton, in addition to which he contributed largely to the 
advancement of the town in various other ways, besides 
taking an active interest in behalf of all measures and en- 
terprises for the public good. A few years ago he dis- 
posed of all his real estate except his residence, one of the 
most beautiful and attractive niral homes in Indiana, 
and now is living a life of honorable retirement. By dili- 
gent attention to his business affairs and good manage- 
ment he succeeded in amassing a handsome competency 
and is now one of the substantial and well-to-do men of 
Greene county, with ample means to insure an easy and 
prosperous future. Although past his seventy-sixth year, 
he is still hale and hearty, remarkably well preserved for 
one of his age and possesses much more vitality than 
many whose span of life has not yet touched the half 
century mark. Being genial, he is a favorite in social 
gatherings, and in view of the universal esteem in which 
he is held it is safe to say that the town of Worthington 
has never known a more popular or praiseworthy citizen. 


On July II, 1852, in Macksville, Indiana, was sol- 
emnized the marriage of Mr. Williams and Mary E. 
Raper, daughter of Jesse and Sarah E. ( Downey) Raper, 
the union resulting in the birth of six children, namely : 
Sarah E., deceased; Thomas, born December 4, 1856, a 
traveling salesman, living at Worthington ; the third in 
order of birth died in infancy; Ida, born in 1861, also 
died in early childhood; Lena Alice, deceased, and one 
that died before being named. 

Mr. and Mrs. Williams have lived to see their de- 
scendants to their fourth generation, having one great- 
grandchild who was bom in the year 1908. 

In matters religious Mr. Williams subscribes to the 
plain, simple teaching of the Christian church, with which 
he has been identified for many years. His wife is also 
active in all lines of good work under the auspices of the 
local congregation to which she belongs. Mr. Williams 
is a Mason and for over thirty years has been a member 
of the Pythian Brotherhood, having united with the In- 
dianapolis lodge in 1856, the largest organization of the 
kind in Indiana. He is also identified with the Grand 
Army of the Republic, belonging to Post No. 91 at 
Worthington, which he has served as commander and in 
various other ofiicial capacities. In politics he is a pro- 
nounced Republican, but not a partisan in the ordinary 
meaning of the temi, nor has he ever aspired to leader- 
ship in the party or public position at the hands of his 
fellow citizens. 

Mrs. Williams owns five acres of land just at the 
edge of Worthington and their home is a beautiful place. 



Agriculture has been an honored vocation from the 
earliest ages and as a usual thing, men of honorable and 
humane impulses, as well as those of energy and thrift, 
have been patrons of husbandly. The free outdoor Hfe 
of the farm has a decided tendency to foster and develop 
that independence of mind and self-reliance which charact- 
erize true manhood. 

Benjamin F. Winters, living near Lyons, is a fanner 
and a son of a farmer. He was born in Owen county, this 
state, October 8, 1848. A history of his ancestors will 
show their sterling worth, and will give an explanation 
of where the subject got his nobler qualities of mind and 
heart. Grandfather Obediah Winters was born near 
Buffalo, New York, having been brought to Ohio and 
later to Indiana by his parents in a very early day, settling 
in Owen county, later moving to Greene county, where the 
subject's father, \\'illiam C. \\'inters, was bom, one of 
a family of fourteen children, but one of whom is now 
living in 1908. The subject's maternal grandfather, 
Willis Barton, also had fourteen children, only two of 
whom are now living, one Leonard Barton is nearly 
ninety years old; the other living child is the subject's 
mother, Mrs. Anna (Barton) Winters, who is eighty-one 
years old. She is a native of Randolph county, North 
Carolina, and was brought to Indiana by her parents 
when nine years old. Like all old pioneer women, she 
knew the art of weaving flax into clothing, carding wool 
and other similar work. John, Amos, Obediah and Isaiah 
^^'inters were all soldiers in the L^nion armv. having en- 


listed from Owen county, Indiana. They all died of 
disease, with the exception of Amos, while in the line of 
duty. Absalom, Leonard and Nathan Barton were also sol- 
diers, having enlisted from Greene county. Indiana. The 
last named died while in service. 

William C. Winters, father of the subject, was born 
in Greene county, and raised in Owen county, Indiana, 
where he attended the primitive schools and worked on 
his father's farm until attaining his maturity, when he 
went to farming for himself in Clay county, and later 
settled in Greene county. He was a consistent member 
of the Christian church and a Democrat, having been 
assessor for a number of years, and county commissioner 
for one term. He died when fifty-three years old, leaving 
three sons. 

Benjamin F. ^^'inters. our subject, spent his early 
youth, like many another young man, attending the pub- 
lic schools and working on his father's farm until he 
was twenty-two years old, when he went to farming on a 
forty acre piece of wild land, heavily timbered. It was 
soon improved through the efforts of Mr. Winters, and 
his untiring activity has enabled him to purchase other 
land until he now has a splendid fami of one hundred 
and sixty acres of good ridge land, which he keeps in 
highly productive condition by rotation of crops, skillfully 
managed, and by raising clover. He is making" an effort 
to get all his land in good grasses. Most of this farm 
is well enclosed by wire fencing. In addition to his 
farming, Mr. Winters finds time to successfully operate 
the elevator at Lyons, which he owns, dealing e.xtensively 
in grain. 


The subject was married three times, first to Sarah 
CaroHne Vanduser, who had two children. He married 
his present wife June ig, 1896. She was Florence Frye, 
daughter of Henrv* and Margaret (Layman) Frye. Three 
children have been bom to this union, namely: Benjamin 
F., Sussie Anna, and Charles Verlon. Mrs. Winters' 
father, Henry Frye, came to this countiy from France, 
when a yaung man, first settling in Missouri, later com- 
ing to Greene county. Indiana, where he followed the 
blacksmith's trade. 

Mr. Winters is a Democrat in his political belief, but 
he is an independent voter, always preferring to be 
counted on the right side and supporting the best man. 
He is regarded as being a man of strict honesty and so- 
briety and is held in the highest regard by all his neigh- 


Among the well known and highly respected citizens 
of Greene county none stand higher in popular regard 
than does the subject of this sketch, who. for over a 
quarter of a century has faithfully labored along his line 
of industry, setting a worthy example for persistency and 
honesty. Mr. Kirk is a native of Mason county, Ken- 
tucky, where he was born July 25, 1857, a son of Benedict 
and Hannah (Williams) Kirk. Grandfather George Kirk 
wsls reared in Maryland, having migrated to Kentucky in 
1809, remaining there until his death, leaving a widow and 
six children, who came to Rush county, Indiana, after 
George Kirk's death, the widow dying in about 1862. 


Benedict Kirk, father of the subject, was born May 21. 
1808, and brought to Kentuck}- when one year old. He 
spent his boyhood days in that state bitt did not have very 
good advantages of early schoohng. However, by self- 
study and close application, he became well read and was 
a fluent and interesting conversationalist. When he 
became a man he traded in produce on flat toats, and was 
engaged in buying and selling slaves; but the last years 
of his life were spent on a farm. He was a member of 
the Christian church and a loyal union man, an aboli- 
tionist and a strong Republican, and he was generally 
regarded as a man of high moral principles. He died in 
1887, at the age of seventy-nine years. His widow sur- 
vived him until 1896, when she died at the age of sixty- 
nine years. 

Charles C. Kirk, our subject, spent his early life in 
Kentuck}-, where he attended subscription schools for 
about five months each year; but he is an educated man. 
having studied all his life and been a close observer, g;iin- 
ing knowledge first handed from those with whom he 
comes in contact. As a boy he worked on a farm and 
quarried stone, cut cord-wood and did manual work in 
general until he was about thirty years old. After the 
death of his father he went to McLean county, Illinois, 
where he rented a farm and worked it continuously f~r 
five years. Then he moved to White county, Indiana, 
and purchased eighty acres, which he improved until it 
was in most excellent condition, having successfully 
worked it for nine years. He then came to Greene coun- 
ty, and in March 1902, bought two hundred acres of 
improved land which he worked for two years and then 
traded it for an elevator at Sandborn, Knox countv, which 


he successfully managed for four years. Then Mr. Kirk 
came to Lyons, Indiana, as cashier of the Bank of Lyons, 
where he has since remained. After selling the elevator 
he purchased two hundred and twenty acres adjoining the 
town of Bicknell, Knox county, which he still owns, rent- 
ing it out. This is a high class, level fann and highly im- 
proved, well fenced with wire. About half of the land is 
kept in clover and the crops rotated under Mr. Kirk's di- 
rection, all clover, grass and straw being turned under, 
which keeps the soil in fine condition, constantly improv- 
ing it. Mr. Kirk has a large share in the bank of Lyons, 
also a fine residence in town. Both he and his wife are 
members of the Methodist church in which he has been a 
trustee. He is a Republican of high grade and takes 
an active part in all elections, being a public spirited 
man and desiring to see fair play upon all occasions. 

Mr. Kirk was married in McLean county, Illinois, 
to Stella Chase, the daughter of Jacob and Eleanor 
( Blasdel) Chase. They are the proud parents of the fol- 
lowing children : Euphrasia, who is attending high 
school ; Chase died in childhood ; Earl is attending school ; 
Lloyd is also in school ; Alma is a student ; Ruth. Mar}- 
and Mildred are little girls ( 1908). These children are 
all bright and promising and the pride of their parents, 
making their home a place of cheer and sunshine. The 
Kirk family is regarded as among the veiy best in Greene 


Music is one of the highest of the fine arts, and to 
be a recognized master of this branch of the aesthetics 


is to be among the few "favored by the g-ods." as a Ro- 
man would have said. The subject of this sketch evi- 
dently possesses this rare gift to a high degree, as a 
perusal of the following paragraphs, which touch briefly 
on his career, will show. Coming from a musical fam- 
ily. Professor Dillard could not well be anything but a 
musician, being at present not only a teacher of the vio- 
lin and other instruments and director of the Citizens' 
Band at Linton, Indiana, but he is looked to for prac- 
tically all the music furnished to that populous commu- 
nity. He was bom March 14, 1878, in Washington, In- 
diana, the only child of John W. and Miranda E. (Wed- 
dell) Dillard, the former a native of Kentucky and the 
latter of Indiana. The father, who has been a dealer in 
marble and granite work almost all of his life, is now 
retired, he and his wife living in Washington, this state. 
The mother of the subject being an accomplished 
musician. Professor Dillard's early studies in this fasci- 
nating branch were encouraged and brought into prom- 
inence under her tuition and his early educational advan- 
tages were most excellent, having attended the Wash- 
ington schools and the College of Music in Cincinnati, 
where he studied under such noted masters as Marriem 
and Terrendella, under whom he made a brilliant record. 
Since completing his studies he has been a member of 
the C. Z. Bronson Concert Band of the Great Wallace 
Shows. Then for two and one-half years he was in- 
structor and bandmaster of the Dana Band, of Lima, 
Ohio. Giving up his work there he came to Linton, this 
county, and after a year's rest at home took charge of 
the Citizens' Rand of twenty pieces, then known as the 


Archibald Band. Professor Dillard was the originator 
of a system of weekly concerts which have become a fea- 
ture of great interest to the music-loving public. He 
also has charge of the opera house orchestra of eight 

Professor Vassall E. Dillard was happily «iarried 
to Georgia Estella Talbott on November 14, 1906. She 
is the daughter of A. G. and Rachel Pauline (Nation) 
Talbott. natives of Bowling Green and Patricksburg, In- 
diana, respectively. The former is a barber in Linton 
and the two families occupy the same home there. The 
Talbott family consists of three sons and two daughters, 
namely: Lulu, wife of Robert Clements, a coal operator 
of Linton ; Howard is in the United States regular anny ; 
Georgia E., wife of the subject; Edward O. and Herbert 
E. are lx)th living at home. 

A son, Byron Amadeus. was born to Professor and 
Mrs. Dillard May 24, 1907. Fraternally the subject is 
a member of the Modern W'oodmen of the \\'orld. He 
is independent in politics. Mrs. Dillard is a member of 
the Christian church. 

Everybody in Linton and vicinity knows Professor 
Dillard, either personally or by reputation, and he is 
honored and respected by all, not only for his professional 
work but also for his upright life. 


The subject, who is one of the most prominent busi- 
ness men of Linton, was born February 24. 1864, at 


Stinesville, Monroe county. Indiana, of English and 
Irish lineage, being the son of ^^'i^iam G. and Virginia 
(^^'ilhams) Easton, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, 
respectively. Mr. Easton being born during the stirring 
time of the Civil war, was named in honor of the beloved 
commander of the Anny of the Potomac and presidential 
candidate in 1864. William Easton was left an orphan 
in early youth, conseciuentlv he knew but little of liis 
parents or ancestors except that he was a cousin of ]\Irs. 
William- H. English, among" the best known pioneers of 
Indianapolis. He was a shoemaker and proprietor of a 
hotel in Stinesville during- the major part of his life, and 
died at the age of sixty-eight years. sur\-ived by a widow, 
who still lives there. 

George B. Easton was married June 29, 1884, to 
Margaret Elizabeth McCown, daughter of Elijah and 
Nancy (Williams) McCown, and she was born near 
Stinesville. Her father, who is still living, was born in 
1818. Mr. Easton's family consists of the following chil- 
dren : Jean I., bookkeeper and assistant cashier at the 
First National Bank of Linton ; Nancy D., assistant in a 
store: Jennie B., Cecil M., Margaret E.. ]\Iarie and 
Mar\-. in school, except the last named. 

Mr. Easton received his education at Stinesville and 
early in life launched in business there as a merchant, 
also conducting the old home hotel. He moved from 
Stinesville in 1896 to Spencer. Owen county, where he 
was engaged in the mercantile business for a period of 
three years. He then went to Bloomfield, where he was 
in the same business for an eciual number of years, and 
came to Linton in 1900, where he was in partnership 


with his brother, W. P. Easton & Company, for five 
years. He was also in the real estate business, which 
was combined with a general merchandise business. He 
assisted in opening up a large coal field west of Linton. 
Soon after this enterprise was started he disposed of his 
store and soon afterward opened a grocery and provi- 
sion market at his present location, 359 A street. Southeast 
where he carries a full line of groceries, fresh and canned 
meats, notions, etc. 

The subject of this sketch is a Mason, being a mem- 
ber of Spencer Lodge, No. 95. He is also an Ancient 
Odd Fellow and was the -first noble grand of Oolitic 
Lodge, No. 682, at Stinesville, of which he was a char- 
ter member. Four of the first members built the lodge 
mom, the first story of which was occupied by Mr. Eas- 
ton, who conducted a hardware business in it. The 
building was destroyed by fire and the loss to the stock 
of goods was four thousand dollars. 

Mr. Easton is a Democrat and he has always been 
a public-spirited man. but has been too busy to devote 
much time to politics. However, he was postmaster at 
Stinesville until he resigned when he moved from that 
place. Success has always attended his business career 
and he now owns a handsome home and a substantial 
store building, both built of concrete blocks. He is a 
member of the First Presbyterian church and is regarded 
as one of Linton's most progressive citizens. 


Ernest K. Caswell, who is engaged in the insurance, 
real estate and loan business at Linton, is a native of On- 


tario, Canada, bnrn in the county of Minton, September 
9, 1S78. He is of Scotch-Irish extraction, his mother's 
people coming- to Canada many years ago from Scotland, 
while his grandfather was a native of Ireland. Both 
branches of the family settled in Canada. The subject's 
ancestors, both paternal and maternal, were long noted 
for physical vigor and longevity, several of the two fam- 
ilies nearing the centuiy mark in age, while one member 
reached the remarkable age of one hundred and thirteen 

Rev. Alexander K. Caswell, the subject's father, 
was a prominent Presbyterian clerg)man in Canada for 
a number of years, but is now on the retired list, spending 
the evening of his life in California. Fannie Baird, who 
became the wife of Alexander K. Caswell, and, like him, 
a native of Ontario, died in the year 1897. the mother 
of six sons and two daughters, Ernest K. being the only 
representative of the family in Indiana. The others — 
Bessie, Andrew Baird, Arthur M. L., Clarence A., Gor- 
don S., Nellie M. and Francis — live in different states of 
the Union, the majority of them attending school. 

Ernest K. Caswell, our worthy subject, at an 
early day accompanied his parents to Iowa, where 
he spent his childhood and youth, entering the public 
schools of Cherokee, that state, and in due time finishing 
a high school course at the same place. Subsequently he 
received a business education in a commercial college at 
Stomi Lake, Iowa, and having decided to devote his life 
to the medical profession he took a two years' course in 
Brown's College, Philadelphia, later finishing his pro- 
fessional training by a full course in the S. S. Still Col- 


lege of Osteopathy in the city of Des Moines, where he 
was graduated in 1903. Immediately after receiving his 
degree Dr. Caswell located at Linton, Indiana, but after 
a year's practice he discontinued professional life and 
took up business pursuits, giving his attention to insur- 
ance, real estate and loans, in which he soon built up an 
extensive and verj' lucrative patronage. At the present 
time he is a leader in the lines of business he represents, 
handling as much real estate perhaps as any man in the 
county, and in addition thereto is local and district agent 
for a number of the largest insurance companies in the 
United States, including, among others, the Equitable 
Life Insurance Company of New York, the United States 
Fidelity and Guarantee Company of Baltimore, besides 
holding the position of secretan,' of the Home Loan and 
Savings Association, a local enterprise of large and grow- 
ing interest. Mr. Caswell is a thorough business man of 
progressive ideas, whose practical experience has made 
him familiar with eveiy phase of the various interests 
with which he is identified, and whose continued success 
has won for him a conspicuous place among the enterpris- 
ing, public-spirited men of the thriving city in which he 

Although a young man, Mr. Caswell's life has been 
one of activity and strenuous endeavor. He has traveled 
extensively over Canada and the United States, visiting 
the leading cities and places of interest in both countries, 
and coming in contact with all classes and conditions of 
people, this experience tending to broaden and strengthen 
his mind. He has always been a close observer as well 
as careful student, and he is thoroughly informed on 


many subjects. In fraternal and secret benevolent work 
he is an Odd Fellow, belonging- to Unity Lodge. No. 637, 
at Linton, and in religion he holds membership in the 
Presbyterian church. 

Mr. Caswell and May Stull were married on June 
14, 1905. They have two daughters, Catherine Francis 
and an infant. 


In the planning and conduct of public affairs the 
leaders are supposed to inspire confidence in their ability 
to promote the best interests of society. This confidence 
can only be obtained by association with constituency on 
the highest moral plane. When obtained on such grounds 
success comes to the one who proposes to help and aid 
in the development of the best side of human life. Dr. 
John M. Harrah always extended the helping hand to- 
ward the friend who needed counsel and advice, doing it 
in the spirit of humanity and kindness, thus wending his 
way into the love and esteem of his fellow men. He was 
born in Stockton township, Greene county, January 24, 
1837. His parents were William and -Mary J. Harrah, 
natives of Kentucky, the fonner coming from Mont- 
gomeiT county, while the latter was born in Fleming 

William Harrah was the son of John Harrah, who 
came from Greenbrier county. West Virginia, into Ken- 
tucky in an early day, and in 1821 migrated to Greene 
county, Indiana, settling in \\'right township and later 

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moved into Stockton township, where he ended his days 
at the end of seventy years. He was one of the early 
tillers of the soil, driving out the wildness from before 
the onward march of civilization and culture. John Har- 
rah's wife was Margaret Harrah, and came from the 
same community in West Virginia, and was his compan- 
ion in those pioneer days. She died at the age of sev- 
enty-five, but being several years younger, time length- 
ened out to her until 1871. They had nine children — 
\\'illiam, James, Robert, John, Daniel, Mary Jane, Sarah 
S., Eliza and Rebecca. None of them are now living. 
The paraits were members of the Presbyterian church. 

His son William, the father of our subject, was 
bom in 1815, and was only si.x years of age when the 
family moved to Indiana. He grew up to manhood on 
his father's farm and learned the trade of a tanner, fol- 
lowing it for several years. Death came to him early in 
life, the summons reaching him in 1842, when he was 
but twenty-seven years of age. In a few years his wife 
married again and she lived until 1893. They had three 
children — Dr. John M., Daniel L., who died in 1877. and 
William, who died when only sixteen years of age. W'il- 
liam and wife were both members of the Christian church. 
Her second marriage was to Frederick Himebrook, and 
the result of this union was six children — Rebecca, Jo- 
seph W.. Stephen, Mary, deceased; Marshall and Ella. 

Our subject was reared on a farm in Stockton town- 
ship, and he obtained his education as best he could, as 
pioneer methods were still in use during his youthful 
days ; but he was an inveterate reader, and did much to 
educate himself. In 1838 he read medicine with Dr. 


Abraham J. Aliller a.nd first practiced at Jasonville in 
i860; then he went to practicing in Warren county, lUi- 
nois, where he remained until 1862, when he enhsted in 
the Union army. In 1865 he graduated from the Rush 
Medical College in Chicago, and aftenvards practiced 
for a while in Henderson county, Illinois, and in 1868 
he returned to Greene county, Indiana. He first located 
in Linton and afterwards in Bloomfield, where he prac- 
ticed for three years. He then went to Solsl^erry and 
remained at this place twelve years. After short stays 
at Switz City and Bloomfield again, he finally came to 
his present farm in Fair Play township, where he has 
made his home since 1889. 

In 1855 he married Mary Owen, dau-liui' i>\ John 
S. and Sarah (Daugherty) Owen. J^ihn .'^. was .me of 
the early settlers in Greene county, and also one of the 
first county treasurers. His wife died in 1887. They 
had nine children : Eva, who married Frank Glover, is 
now a widow: Julia, wife of Benton Glover; Norma, 
wife of Wesley Anderson, now living in Spencer; Min- 
nie, who died in childhood ; Frederick, who also died in 
infancy; Lillie, wife of Ziba Fitzpatrick, now living in 
Bloomfield ; Maiy. principal of the high school in Browns- 
town, Indiana. She is a graduate of the State Normal 
at Terre Haute, also a graduate of the State University 
at Bloomington. They had two other children, who died 
in infancy. 

The second marriage of our subject was with Mrs. 
Mary Klinger (nee Motz), bom in Monroe county and 
daughter of Samuel, and Sarah (Harvey) Motz. He 
came to Greene county in an early day and built the first 


house in the town of Worthington, and for several years 
he ran a tanyard. He died in 1893, his wife preceding 
him in 1872. He was also a Methodist Protestant min- 
ister for a number of years. To them were born nine 
childrai: William H., Ananias \Y.. Pemielia, Sarah. 
Mary, wife of the subject; Delia, and three died young. 
He was always an active man in public affairs. Dr. 
Harrah also took an active part in all the public ques- 
tions of the day, and, being an ardent Republican, it was 
natural for him to be forced to the front as a candidate 
for public offices several times. But he was defeated 
both for sheriff' and for clerk. He is an active member 
of the Greene County Medical Association, and also a 
member of the pension board, receiving the appointment 
from President McKinley. Mrs. Harrah is a member of 
the Methodist Protestant church. 

I'he war record of Dr. Harrah is l)rict, not from 
choice, but failing health compelled his relief, and he was 
sent home. He enlisted in Company B, Ninety-first Illi- 
nois Volunteer Infantiy, and went to the front, but only 
remained there about eight months, and most of that time 
in the hospital. He is a member of the Grand Amiy of 
the Republic. 


The subject, who is a prominent dealer in general 
merchandise in Linton, was born in Owen county, this 
state, August 9, 1862, where he grew to manhood and 
was educated, having begiui teaching there in 1880 and 


continuing for three temis in his native county. Tiien he 
went to Bloonilield in 1883 and taught in the pui>Hc 
schools of that city for five consecutive years. In Au- 
gust, 1888, he moved to Dugger, Sullivan county, and 
entered the employ of the Dugger & Neal Company in 
the capacity of bookkeeper, remaining with this firm for 
eight years. In 1896 he moved to Linton and was book- 
keeper for Dugger & Neal, doing business there as the 
Summit Coal Company, in which capacity he remained 
for six years. He resigned that position to accept that 
of assistant cashier in the Linton Bank, which he held 
for two years. In 1904 he purchased a stock of mer- 
chandise and engaged in his present business, having at 
all times a "large and carefully selected stock of general 
merchandise. He requires the sen-ices of six employes 
to assist in conducting his store, handling a full line of 
dn- goods, shoes, hats, ladies' cloaks, groceries and pro- 

The subject was married October 14, 18S5, at 
Bloomfield, to Ella Fitzpatrick, daughter of Henry and 
Mary A. Fitzpatrick. of that city. Her father died in 
1882. Her mother is living in the subject's family. 
Seven children have been born to this union, namely : 
Lava, Mary. Blanche, Glen and Donald, living at home ; 
two children, Mildred and Roy, died in infancy. 

The subject and wife are members of the Christian 
church. The former is a Democrat in his political be- 
liefs, and lie served for some time as an influential mem- 
ber of the Linton city council. He is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias, Linton lodge, having joined sev- 
eral years ago at Bloomfield. 


The father of the subject, David J. Benjamin, was 
a native of Coshocton county, Ohio, where he was bom 
in Februaiy. 1840, and tiie subject's mother, whose 
maiden name was Mary E. Vaughan, was bom in Owen 
county, Indiana, where they are both living- at Middle- 
ton, the father being a retired farmer. 

The subject of this sketch began life poor, but he 
has always been a hard worker and self-dependent, and 
has achieved success in whatever he has attempted. After 
leavings the common schools he educated himself, and 
has since looked to no one for aid, always being reason- 
al)ly prosperous, and he is well liked by all who 
known Jiim. 


One of the busiest places in the thriving city of 
Linton, Indiana, is the Linton Bottling Works, operated 
l)y the Harting brothers — Fred, William and Otto — all 
s]ilendid types of the modern business man, and all na- 
tives of Westphalia, Germany, having come to America 
with their parents in 1882, first locating at Edwardsport, 
Km IX count}-, Indiana, but in the fall of 1887 they moved 
to Linton, where they have resided to the present time. 

The father of these boys was Frederick Harting, 
who was a miner. His sons also engaged in work about 
tlie mines in their early manhood days. The father died 
as the result of injuries received in a mine January 2, 
1888. His wife died June 6, 1897. They reared a fam- 
ily of three sons and three daughters, the latter being 


Louisa, Liesette and Emma. The eldest sister lives in 
Indianapolis. Liesette keeps house for her unmarried 
brother. William. Emma is the wife of Alfred Froeschke, 
of Linton. 

Fred Hartiiig, the eldest of the family, married Ber- 
tha Reimers in 1894, who died a year later. He married 
a second time, his last wife being Bertha Pohlmeier. a 
native of Westphalia. Knox county, Indiana. Their 
wedding occurred October 24, 1897. Four children have 
been born to this union, namely: Paul. Esther. Gertrude 
and Hedwig, all living. 

Otto Harting was married ()ctiihi.M- 13. 1904, to 
Belle Reed, a daughter of Daniel Reed, of Linton, They 
have no children. 

The Linton Bottling Works was established by Fred 
Harting and Fred E. Strietelmeyer in 1895, and was op- 
erated under their management for a period of t\vel\e 
years, when \\'illiam and Otto purchased the interest of 
Mr. Strietelmeyer. 

They manufacture all kinds of soft drinks and car- 
bonated beverages, and they have built up a prosperous 
business. Their plant is equipped with modern machin- 
ery and all up-to-date appliances for turning out first- 
class products of that line. They operate four wagons, 
delivering to Linton customers, railroad stations and to 
nearby towns. 

The Harting brothers are well and favorablv known 
to all residents of Linton, especially to the business world, 
having always been upright in their dealing with their 
fellow men. 



The subject, who is a retired farmer, now making 
his home in Linton, was bom in Shelby county, Ilhnois. 
December 9, 1857, and received a common school ed- 
ucation in Benton county, Arkansas, partly at Pea 
Ridge, three years of his early bojdiood days having been 
spent away from home in that state. 

The subject was married in Stockton township. 
Greene county, December 11. 1879, to Marv Klink. 
daughter of John and Martha (Ramacher) Klink. Both 
parents of the wife of the subject were natives of Ger- 
many, who came to the United States early in life and 
married in Greene county, Indiana, where they spent 
their youth. John Klink was a cooper and worked in 
Terre Haute for some time after his marriage, remaining 
in that city until January 31, 1856. There were six chil- 
dren in the Klink family, four of whom are living. They 
are: Mrs. Gastineau, the subject's wife, who was the 
eldest; Frederick, deceased; Elizabeth, the wife of Wil- 
liam Heitman, Sr., living in Linton; John, deceased; an- 
other child was also named John, who is living on a fami 
in Stockton township, Greene county ; Henry is a hard- 
ware merchant in Linton. 

John X. Gastineau had always been a farmer until 
he retired in 1893, ^"fl ^^ sti'l owns eighty acres in Grant 
township. On November 21, 1906, he met with a serious 
accident by coming in contact with a "live" electric wire, 
which came very near causing his death. One side has 
remained partially paralyzed from the effects of the 
shock, and he lost a finger from his right hand. 

Mr. Gastineau is the son of Adam and Elizabeth 


( Nantz) Gastineau. both deceased, the former having 
died near Linton and the latter in Shelb}- Cdunty, Illi- 
nnis, on the old homestead. The subject's father was a 
s:)l<her in the Civil war, having enlisted from Illinois, 
and died of smallpox while at home on a furlough. The 
subject is the only stirvivor of a family of five children. 
Dorcas Jane, the subject's sister, married twice. She 
was the wife of Laban Greene when she died in Missouri. 
\\'illiam, die subject's brother, died in childhood; John 
N., our subject, James also died in childhood; Andrew J., 
a fanner, died September 17, 1894, leaving a wife and 
three children, who still live on the farni he owned in 
Grant township. The living children are John Francis 
and Ella, the wife of Claude Long. The widow left by 
the death nf Andrew Gastineau has remarried, now be- 
ing the wife of Xeil Roach. 

The subject of this sketch came to Stockton, Greene 
county, in 1866. His grandparents, the family of James 
Gastineau, lived there in pioneer days and the father of 
the subject was visiting his parents when he died. The 
family came to Indiana from Kentucky in a very early 
day. The Gastineau family is of French extraction. 

John X. Gastineau is a stanch Republican, but he 
never held public office, and has no lodge connections. 
However, he is popular among a large circle of friends 
and acquaintances, as is also his family. Mrs. Gastineau 
is a member of the German Reformed church. 


The subject, who is a leading merchant and one of 
the most substantial citizais of Linton, Indiana, was born 


in Lewis, Vigo county, tiiis state, December 5, 1849, and 
he was educated in the pubHc schools of Owen county. 
He operated the home place for ten years and was a suc- 
cessful farmer, but he launched in the mercantile business 
and has spent the greater part of his life in it, the past 
eighteen years in Linton, during which time he assisted 
in the wonderful development of this city, having known 
the place all his life and always having faith in its fu- 
ture. He carries a large stock of general merchandise, 
employing four salesmen. 

Mr. Hunt was married on Februan- 15, 1880, to 
Rachael E. Dixon, daughter of Daniel and Marv- J. 
Dixon, of Fair Play township, Greene county, and to this 
happy union the following children have been born : 
Harry D., a partner in his father's business, who mar- 
ried Pearl Price, daughter of C. A. and Ida Price; Es- 
sie May is the wife of Oliver W. Underwood, bookkeeper 
for the Linton Gas Company: two children died in in- 
fancy, and Clififord died when four years old. Mr. Hunt 
is a Republican, and he was constable and justice of the 
peace many years ago. He was also census enumerator 
in 1880. He is a member of Lodge No. 560, Free and 
Accepted Masons, and LTnity Lodge, Xo. 637, Odd Fel- 
lows, being past noble grand in the latter. He is a mem- 
ber of the Eagle Encampment, No. 222, being past chief 
patriarch. He and his family are members of the Chris- 
tian church. 

The Hunt family is descaided from Irish ancestors, 
who first settled in the eastern states. The Ingersoll fam- 
ily, the subject's mother's people, came from England and 
settled in Massachusetts. His father was Nathan D. 



Hunt, who was born in Cosliocton ct)unty. Oliio, and his 
wife, Mary Ingersoll, was bom in Stockton township, 
Greene county. The family Hved in Sulhvan, Owen and 
Greene counties. The subject's father was a physician, 
but the latter part of his life was spent in the mercantile 
business at Middleton and Stockton, Owen county. Al- 
though he died early, at the age of thirty-seven years, 
then living on a farm in Owen county, he was very suc- 
cessful in w^hatever he undertook. His wife never re- 
married. She died in Linton at the age of seventy-four 
years. They had a family of seven children, of whom 
four are now living, namely: Harrison D., subject; 
Horatio, living in Linton : Mrs. Hannah E. Newman, 
widow, living in Linton, employed at the postoffice; 
Phoebe E., unmarried, living at Terre Haute, Lidiana, 
manager of a boarding house at the college : two children 
died in childhood and one later in youth. 


Joseph Edgar, Beasley was born in Linton, Indiana, 
April 26, 1876, and, believing that better business op- 
portunities existed at his own door than elsewhere, re- 
mained in his native town. He attended the common 
schools in Stockton township, Greene county; also the 
normal school at Danville, Indiana, where he prepared 
himself for a teacher and successfully followed this pro- 
fession for five temis, then took a law course in the Uni- 


versity of Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1900. 
and practiced law for two years, but on account of fail- 
ing health gave up regular practice and spent two years 
in outside work, after which he went into the real estate 
business, in which he is now engaged. He was married 
in August, 1898, to Mina J. Crabtree, daughter of Isaac 
and Sarah Crabtree, of Linton. One daughter was born 
to this union, Theodocia Theresa, who is now (1908) 
eight years old. Mrs. Beasley was born and reared on a 
farm in Wright township, Greene county. Her father 
is deceased ; her mother is a resident of Linton. The sub- 
ject and wife are members of the Baptist church. He is 
a Democrat in political belief and sen-ed two creditable 
years as city attorney of Linton. 

Isaac Beasley, the father of the subject, was born in 
Lawrence county, Indiana, October 30, 1846, and mar- 
ried Elizabeth Clayton, a native of Greene county. They 
have spent the major part of their lives in the last named 
county. Mr. Beasley has been a successful farmer, hav- 
ing spent most of his life on a farm, now owning one 
hundred and sixty acres of good land and has a beauti- 
ful country home. Six sons and six daughters have been 
born to this union, all living but one. They are : Linus 
\\'., Jennie, ^Villiam, deceased: Martha, Joseph E., sub- 
ject; Isom, Sarah, Virgie, Nora, Chloe. Isaac, Jr., and 
Milton. The paternal ancestors of Isaac Beasley were 
of English and German Extraction. Some of them lived 
in North Carolina. They were engaged mostly in agri- 
cultural pursuits. Alexander Beasley, grandfather of 
the subject, was one of the first pioneers of western 
Greene county, Indiana. He was an active churchman. 


a Alissiimarv Baptist, helping organize and establish a 
church of this denomination on one corner of the Beasley 
homestead, which has been perpetuated to the present 
time. He and his wife are buried in the cemeteiy near 
the church. His maternal grandfather, Linus Clayton, 
came to America from England and was one of the earli- 
est settlers, of whom there are many descendants living 
in Greene Cdunty, Indiana. The parents of the subject 
and their family and most of the connection are mem- 
bers of the Baptist church and people of the highest 


This sketch tells briefly of the well known li\-eryman 
of Linton, Greene county, who has preferred to spend 
most of his life in the town where he was born Septem- 
ber 7, 1859. believing that better opportunities were at 
home than elsewhere, and success has attended his efforts 
in his chosen field. He received a good education at 
Terre Haute, and began farming after he left school, con- 
tinuing farming and dairying for several years ; then he 
was in the grocery and meat business in Terre Haute for 
a number of years. He also farmed in Illinois for a pe- 
riod of two years. Returning to Linton in February, 
1900, he engaged in the meat business, later adding a 
stock of groceries, which he continued until 1907, when 
he engaged in the livery- business, now having the largest 
livery stock in Linton, operating the "bus" lines to the 
railroad stations and doing a general livery business. 


Mr. Price is a Republican, a Mason, a member of 
the Odd Fellows, Encampment and Canton of Uniform 
Rank, a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, 
Ben-Hur; also a member of the Retail Butchers' Asso- 
ciation of Terre Haute, taking- a lively interest in all of 

The subject married Ida L. Henry on August 20, 
188 1, the daughter of James and Laura H. Henrj', of 
Terre Haute. Mrs. Price was bom, reared and married 
in the same house. They are the parents of three chil- 
dren, namely : Pearl May is the wife of Harry Hunt, 
a merchant in Linton ; Arthur H. is employed in the elec- 
tric light plant at Linton ; Hazel A. is living at home. 

The subject is the son of Wesley H. and Miranda 
(Harvey) Price, the former a native of Greene county, 
and the latter a native of Sullivan county. The fonner 
moved from Linton, his early home, to a four hundred- 
acre farm near Terre Haute, which he operated very suc- 
cessfully. The following children were born to this 
union: Josiah, a farmer, living in Te.xas; William E., 
in the livery business at Terre Haute; Fenlon, a mer- 
chant at Paris, Illinois ; James, proprietor of a meat mar- 
ket at Clinton, Indiana ; Wilbush and Lovell both died in 
childhood ; Sarah is the wife of George W. Yeoman, liv- 
ing in Linton; Mattie is the wife of Chauncy Strong, 
living- in Terre Haute; Elizabeth is the wife of Silas 
Royer, living in California; Charles A., the subject of 
this sketch. 

The subject's father died in Terre Haute in Janu- 
ary, 1888, and his mother is living in Linton in 1908. 
The Price family is one of the oldest and best established 


in Greene county, and lias always borne an enviable 


Jesse F. ^^'eisman, attorney-at-la\v. Linton, and one 
of the rising members of the Greene county bar, was born 
May 15, 1881. in Anderson. Indiana, the son of Rev. 
David M. and Melinda Weisman, natives of Ohio and 
Indiana, respectively. David M. Weisman, a scholarly 
and successful minister of the Lutheran church, spent 
the greater part of his life in the state of his birth, and 
died at Oxford on the 14th day of July, 1902. His wife, 
whose maiden name was Melinda Saunders, departed this 
life at Anderson. Indiana. January 30, 1894. In addi- 
tion to his general ministerial labors, which took quite a 
wide range and included some of the best churches of the 
Lutheran faith in Ohio and Indiana, Rev. Weisman also 
served as chaplain of the penitentiary in the former state, 
holding the position during the Civil war period. As 
the name indicates, the Weisman family is of German 
origin, the Saunders being of English descent. 

The early educational privileges of Jesse F. ^^'eis- 
man were such as the public schools of Anderson af- 
forded, in no sense meager. At a later period he finished 
a high school course at Oxford. Ohio, and feeling that 
deeper draughts from the fountain of knowledge were 
essential to success in the professional life which he had 
in view, he subsequently entered Miami University, from 
which he was graduated with a brilliant record on June 


15, 1902, receiving- the highest honors of his class. Irur 
pressed with a strong desire to enter the legal profession, 
he embraced ever\' opportunity to cultivate those faculties 
deemed requisite to successful practice in the future, 
hence, while yet a mere youth, he manifested great fond- 
ness for study and painstaking research, also a decided 
liking for forensic disputation in the usages incident 
thereto, he early acquired considerable skill. His specific 
preparation for his life work, however, was made in the 
Cincinnati Law School, which he attended until com- 
pleting the prescribed course in 1905, and in which he 
took high rank as a student, winning the honors of his 
class. Shortly after his graduation from the above in- 
stitution on May 20th of the year indicated, Mr. W'eis- 
man passed the final test of professional efficiency by tak- 
ing the state examination, which Ohio requires of law 
students and without which no one is pennitted to prac- 
tice in that commonwealth. Passing through this or- 
deal, which was successfully accomplished after three 
days of arduous effort, in June, 1905, he located at Lin- 
ton, Lidiana, on July 3d following, and engaged in the 
practice of his profession, his career from that date to 
the present time presenting a series of successes such as 
few lawyers of much experience achieve. 

Mr. Weisman's scholarly attainments and habits of 
industry, with other qualities which guarantee ultimate 
promotion, have tended greatly to enlarge the area of his 
professional career, and he has a large and lucrative 
business. As evidence of the confidence reposed in him 
by the public he was elected in May, 1906, city attorney 
of Linton, the duties of which position he discharged in 


a manner satisfactorj^ to all concerned, filling the office 
with ability and dignity, looking carefully after the in- 
terests of municipality and proving loyal to every trust. 

Mr. Weisman's profession, as well as the interest he 
has ever manifested in public affairs, ven,- naturally led 
him into politics, a field in which his talents shine with 
peculiar luster. He is now one of the trusted Democratic 
leaders of Greene county under efficient service to his 
party both as an adviser in the councils and untiring 
worker with the rank and file. He is an enthusiastic 
mernber of several secret fraternal organizations, notably 
the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Knights of 
Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the INIod- 
em Woodmen of the World, in all of which his influ- 
ence has been strong and salutary. 

Mr. Weisman has been married since the 22d day 
of December, 1906. his wife, formerly Bertha A. Riddle, 
daughter of Jonathan and Amanda (Cannichael) Rid- 
dle, being a native of Greene county and a lady of many 
admirable qualities, who is popular in the best society 
circles of the city in which she resides. The subject is 
the only sur\aving son of his parents. He has two sis- 
ters, Mrs. Joseph Dettmer, of Anderson, Indiana, and 
Mrs. Oscar B. Phillipy. who also lives in that city. 


Francis McDermont represents that sturdy, indus- 
ais and honest people known as Scotch-Irish, who have 



made a success in the United States, the land of their 
adoption, and are loyal to it. The subject of this sketch is a 
native of County Antrim, Ireland, having been bom there 
September 6, 1837, the son of John and Jane (McEl- 
derry) McDermont. His grandfather, John McDer- 
mont, a road contractor, lived and died at the age of 
eighty years in Ireland, leaving five children. Clark Mc- 
Dermont, an uncle of the subject, came to America when 
a young man and became a physician, sending as a sur- 
geon in the United States army during the Civil war. 
He was at the battle of Bull's Run, Richmond and others. 
He died at Dayton, Ohio, and was surgeon in charge of 
the National Soldiers' Home. 

The father of the subject came to America in 1850 
and settled in Pennsylvania on a farm, where he re- 
mained until he moved in 1856 to Indiana and purchased 
a fann in Monroe county, where he remained until he 
died at the age of sixty years. His wife lived to be sixty- 
three years old. There were six children bom to this 
union, only three of whom are now living. The subject 
of this sketch is the second child in order of birth. Clark, 
a brother, was a soldier in the Civil war, having "enlisted 
from Indiana in the Eighty-second Volunteer Infantry. 
He was killed at the battle of Chickamauga. William 
J., another brother, was a member of the same company 
and regiment and was mortally wounded in the same 
battle, dying soon afterwards. Alexander, also a mem- 
ber of the same company and regiment, served through 
the war and was honorably discharged and returned home 
with the remains of his dead brothers. He afterward re- 
enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-fifth Regiment. 


Indiana Volunteer Infantn,-. in which he served until the 
close of the war. He is still living at Long Beach. Cal- 

Francis ]\IcDemiont, the subject of this sketch, was 
also a soldier in the Civil war, serving only a short term 
of enlistment. His sister's husband, Anthony R. Ravens- 
croft, w^as a captain in the Twenty-second Regiment, In- 
diana Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged. 
He died at Fort Madison, Iowa. 

The subject was twelve years old when he came to 
this countiy. and his early schooling was obtained prin- 
cipally in Ireland. He attended school in America for 
only three months. He worked in Pennsylvania for four 
years after he first came to that state as a fann hand. He 
still hired out as a farm hand after he came to Indiana 
for about five years. Then he reiiteil a farm for two 
years, then buying the place where he has since lived, 
which consisted of forty acres at that time. Only a part 
of the land was cleared, and it had but a small house on 
it, but the subject cleared the balance of the fann and 
erected a modern frame residence, also a good barn and 
convenient outbuildings. Since then he has added to his 
fann until he now has five hundred acres of well improved 
land, a portion of which lies in the bottom along a creek, 
which is veiy rich soil. When the season is not too rainy 
this land produces large crops. A part of the upland is 
prairie and some of it has small timber on it. but it is 
all level. 

The subject engages in general fanning, formerly 
raising and feeding a great deal of stock. He has now 
put a large part of his place in pasture and meadow. He 
has been twice married, first to Eliza ^\'ard on Febmar}' 


13, 1862. She was a native of Monroe county, Indiana. 
Four children were born to this union, as follows : Jo- 
seph, who lives at Jasonville, Indiana. He is married and 
has one daughter, Myrtle: Anna L., deceased, was the sec- 
ond child of the subject. She was the wife of Henry 
Green and left three children, William, Ward and Mc- 
Henry; Clark is living in California; Jane, the youngest 
child, is the wife of Samuel N. Fuller. They have two 
sons, Fred and Lloyd. Mrs. McDermont died February 
16, 1874. The subject was again married June 17, 1875, 
to Nancy Elgan, of Greene county. Indiana, daughter of 
Rice and Marjr (Ellingsworth) Elgan. Two children 
have been bom to this union, John R., deceased; Benja- 
min H. is married and living on his father's fann. He 
has three children. Ralph, Francis and Loraine. 

The subject and wife are members of the Patrons 
of Husbandry, the former having filled all the chairs. 
He is an elder in the Presbyterian church, of which both 
he and his wife are members. He is a Republican in po- 
litical belief, and has been township trustee: also county 

Mr. McDemiont and his family are highly respected 
in their neighborhood and have a large circle of friends 
and acquaintances. 


The record of a busy life is usually replete with in- 
terest, especially if proper motives have animated the 


actor and success and advancement attended his efforts. 
Such has been the life of the gentleman whose career is 
briefly outlined in the paragraphs that follow, whose 
name has been identified with divers vocations and en- 
terprises, and who, after years of strenuous endeavor, is 
now engaged in one of the most responsible and exacting 
of the learned professions with encouraging prospects of 
continuous advancement as the years go by. Gilbert H. 
Hendren, Jr., is the oldest of a family of eleven chil- 
dren, six sons and five daughters, whose parents, Gil- 
bert H. and Anna M. Hendren, are noted at some 
length elsewhere in this volume. The names of the sub- 
ject's brothers and sisters are as follows: Alice J., wife 
of George W. Cantwell; Seaborn D., O. Hemian, Wil- 
liam F., Curtis C., Man.- M.. Edith. Anna C., Robert D. 
and Marjorie, all living, the five older members of the 
family making their own way in the world and doing well 
in their respective vocations, the others pursuing their 
studies in the public schools. 

Gilbert H. Hendren, Jr., is a native of Greene county, 
Indiana, and dates his birth from the 8th day of April. 
1882. He was educated in the public schools, which he 
attended until graduating from the high school at Bloom- 
field, after which he began the study of law in the office 
of Sevmour Riddle, of Vinita, Indian Territory', later 
continuing his legal researches at Linton with John A. 
Riddle. He was for a while a student in abstractitng un- 
der Marion J. Timmons, of Bloomfield, subsequently 
became manager of one of Tom Taggart's hotels at 
French Lick, and he was also employed for some time 
in the Grand Hotel, Indianapolis, besides a similar posi- 


tion in the Denison House of that city. In addition to 
tlie above, his name appears connected from time to time 
with other positions and vocations, notably the mercantile 
business at Bloomfield, where he conducted a grocery 
and notion store, the position of deputy sheriff of Greene 
county under A. F. Wilson, and for a period of some 
eighteen months he was manager of an oil company in 
the Indian Territor)-, during which time he was also en- 
gaged in leasing Indian lands, and for a while served as 
territorial secretary' of the Federal Union Surety Com- 
pany, operating in the territory'. 

Mr. Hendren is a pronounced Democrat in his po- 
litical views and an active worker for his party. He 
was employed by the Democratic state committee in 1904 
as secretary of the speakers' bureau, in which capacity 
he was untiring in his efforts to disseminate the prin- 
ciples of Democracy throughout the various counties, se- 
curing the services of well known speakers and sending 
them where their labors would prove most effective. 
A\'hile in the Indian Territon- he began the practice of 
law, but his admission to the bar dates from the year 
1907, since which time he has followed his profession 
in Greene county, being associated with John A. Riddle, 
of Linton, his fomier preceptor, under the firm name of 
Riddle & Hendren, and doing a large and satisfactorv' 

IMr. Hendren has traveled extensively and in his 
dift'erent lines of endeavor has mingled much with men, 
this contact with the world tending to broaden his views, 
enlarge the area of his knowledge and give him a prac- 
tical business training- which he has found very valua- 


ble in fitting- him for the profession to which liis energies 
are now being" devoted. He has a fine legal mind, cul- 
tivated by careful study and strengthened by close and 
intelligent observation, which has enabled him to achieve 
success in his chosen calling sooner than the majority of 
attorneys of his limited legal experience, and the espe- 
cial attention which he gives to the interests of miners 
has gained him a large clientele among that class of work- 
men in addition to the general practice of his firm. 

Mr. Hendren, on April 26. 1902, united in marriage 
with Effie E., daughter of David and Catherine Rollison, 
of Fair Play township, Greene county, the union being 
without issue. Fraternally he holds membership with 
several secret benevolent societies, among which are the 
Free and .\ccepted Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, 
Benev(_)lein Protective Order of Elks, Loyal Americans 
and tlie Independent Order of Odd Fellows, including 
the Rebekah degree, and Knights of Pythias, in all of 
which he wields a strong, active and potential influence, 
besides being honored from time to time with important 
official positions. Mr. Hendren is a member of the Pres- 
byterian church. Mrs. Hendren is a member of the Chris- 
tian church, and they manifest an abiding interest in all 
lines of benevolent work under the auspices of the local 
congregation to which they belong, contributing liberally 
of their means to the support of the Gospel at home and 
abroad, and making their lives hannonize with the faith 
they profess, demonstrating the beauty and value of reli- 
gion when applied to practical affairs of everxday ex- 



The subject is one of Linton, Indiana's, most promi- 
nent young business men, who seeing the future possibiH- 
ties and inevitable growth of his native town, for he was 
bom in Linton, on December 7, 1872, preferred to spend 
his hfe there rather than take chances elsewhere, and fol- 
lowing his early convictions, he has been successful in 
his business career. 

After attending the public schools for some time, 
he worked in the mines in that vicinity for eight years, 
finally being badly injured in an accident in a mine, which 
caused permanent disability, having then been in the em- 
ploy of the Inland Coal Company which retained his ser- 
vices as bookkeeper after he recovered sufficiently to work 
again, which position he held for three years. He was 
elected recorder of Greene county, Indiana, in 1902, .ind 
faithfully served the public in this capacity for four years, 
living at Bloomfield during his term in office. Return- 
ing to Linton, January i. 1908. he established himself 
in the real estate, loan and insurance business, in which 
he is achieving success. 

Mr. Sherwood is a staunch Republican and he is 
not only popular with his party, but many Democrats sup- 
ported him when he made the race for county recorder. 
He was the only Republican candidate on the ticket to 
be elected, his plurality being three hundred and eighty- 
five votes. The highest Democratic majority was two 
hundred and forty-one votes. There was a tie in the vote 
for sheriff. This will serve to show the subject's popular- 
ity in his own county. 


Mr. Slierwood was married December 6, 1903. to 
Bessie ]\Iay Sheehy, daughter of Joliii and Margaret E. 
Sheehy, natives of Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Sherwood's 
father was Benjamin S. Sherwood, who was born in 
Washington county, Indiana, in 1827. He married 
Sarah E. Hohnes. who was born in that county in the 
same year. They spent their youth there and were mar- 
ried at their old home. Mr. Sherwood, who was a shoe- 
maker, came to Linton in 1854, and was proprietor of 
the well known Sherwood hotel for a period of twenty- 
seven years. They were the parents of eight children, 
five of whom are living, namely: \\'illiam H.. who has 
spent his life in teaching music and selling musical instru- 
ments in Linton; Hugh M. is a hardware merchant in 
Linton : Daniel A., an attorney, died at the age of twenty- 
seven years: Betty J. is the wife of Richard Hardesty, 
who lives at Sullivan. Indiana ; James B. is a coal opera- 
tor and general merchant at Linton ; Edgar H. is the 
youngest of the family ; Johnie and Mollie died in infancy. 
Benjamin Sherwood died January 23. 1889, and his wife 
died April 7, 1898. Daniel Sherwood, grandfather of the 
subject, came to Linton in the early forties. The subject is 
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church ; also a mem- 
ber of the Metropolitan Lodge, No. 193, Knights of 
Pythias. He belongs to the Benevolent Protective 
Order of Elks. No. 866, both of Linton. 


Ex-postmaster of Linton, and one of the enterprising 
young men of Greene county, Indiana, born at the vil- 


lage of Hobbieville, on the 14th day of February, 1871, 
being the son of Henry and Mary (OHphant) Fitzpatrick. 
Henn' Fitzpatrick, who died in 1883, when the subject 
was twelve years of age, was a prominent citizen of this 
county, a representative fanner, and in connection with 
agriculture, dealt extensively in grain. He was also a 
soldier in the Civil war, serving in Company B, Eight- 
eenth Indiana Infantry, until physical disability neces- 
sitated his discharge before the expiration of his term of 
enlistment. His widow, who is still living, belongs to one 
of the old and prominent families of Greene county and 
stands high in the esteem of a very large circle of friends. 

The educational discipline of Oscar Fitzpatrick was 
acquired in the schools of Bloomfield, and until attaining 
his majority he lived on the home farm and assisted in 
the cultivation of the same. In 1892, he came to Linton 
and opened a restaurant, which he conducted about 
eighteen months and then accepted a position with Dixon 
& Strong, dealers in grain and feed, remaining in the 
employ of this firm until appointed postmaster of Linton, 
on February 23, 1903. 

Mr. Fitzpatrick served as postmaster from the above 
date until March 17, 1907, a little over four years, and 
discharged his official functions in an eminently satis- 
factory^ manner, proving a very capable and judicious 
public servant, whose relations with the people were al- 
ways agreeable, and such as to gain for him many wann 
personal friends and the confidence of the populace. Hav- 
ing always lived within the confines of his native county, 
it is a satisfaction to know that his life is an open book 
in which his fellow men have found no marred pages, but 
on the contrary, much there in to be commended. 


Mr. Fitzpatrick votes the Republican ticket and is 
Hii ardent supporter of the principles of his party. \\'ith 
exception of postmaster, he has held no office nor sought 
public prefenuent. He belongs to the Odd Fellows fra- 
ternity, the benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the 
Modern Woodmen of America; also holds a member- 
ship with the Retail Clerks' International Association and 
has been honored with official trusts in the two organiza- 
tions last named. 

The married life of Mr. Fitzpatrick began in 1891, 
on April 26th, of which year Ossie Edwards, daughter 
of John and (Tilly) Edwards, became his wife and help- 
mate, the following children having been bom to the union. 
Heniy Dexter, Dessie Marie, Lawson Craig and Paul, the 
last named deceased. Mrs. Fitzpatrick belongs to one of 
Greene county's old pioneer families : her grandfather, 
John Tillie, settling in the an early day near the village 
of Solsberry, where he developed a fami and lived to a 
great age, having passed the centur\- mark by some years 
when summoned to the spirit land. 

The Fitzpatrick name has long been identified with 
the history of the county, throughout which it is widely 
known and universally esteemed, the different members 
of the family belonging to that eminently respectable and 
law-abiding class of people, who in a quick way. do so 
much for the material development of the community and 
the moral uplift of the populace. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick 
belong to the Christian church, in Linton. They are not 
merely nominal Christians, but have always sliowed their 
faith by their works. 



The subject, who is among the well known Civil war 
veterans of Linton, Indiana, was bom in Sullivan county, 
this state, January 22. 1846. Although he was quite a 
young man when the war between the states broke out. 
he ailisted as a private in Company I, Seventy-first In- 
diana Volunteer Infantry, June 8, 1863. and two months 
later this organization became the Sixth Indiana Calvalry, 
with which he sen-ed over two }-ears. The regiment lost 
heavily in many battles, especially that of Richmond. 
Kentucky, and it participated in the. memorable Morgan 
raid. The subject was with General Sherman in the At- 
lanta campaign. His regiment was in General Stone- 
man's divison and participated in the Macon raid, travel- 
ing almost constantly for eight days and nights and fight- 
ing three battles. He was one of the troops surrounded, 
but he was one of fourteen hundred who escaped out of 
two thousand five hundred, the former refusing to obey 
the order to surrender. By reason of his disabilities he 
now receives a liberal pension. He is a member of the 
Grand Army of the Republic and is also a Mason. 

The subject attended school after the war and taught 
for fifteen years in Sullivan, Vigo and Vemiilion coun- 
ties. He also followed fanning during this period, con- 
tinuing the latter until he sold out in 190 1. He has not 
been able to do much work for the past ten years on ac- 
count of disabilities arising from his career in the army. 
He came to Linton and purchased a residence in 1901. 
He remodeled the house which is now known as the Era 
Hotel, kept by himself and family, and which is known 


to tlie traveling- public to be a well managed ami com- 
fortable hosteli"y. 

The subject was married to Margaret Emeline Cur- 
rey on August 2, 1877. She was the daughter of Franklin 
and Susanna M. (Magill) Currey, natives of Greeneville. 
Tennessee. The Magill family was represented in the 
Confederate army and the parents of the subject's wife 
also had relatives who took active part in the cause of the 
South. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips had nine children, seven 
sons and two daughters. The following are the living: 
Oscar, Arthur, Clara, Paul, TliDmas, Emma, Flynn and 

The subject is the son of Joshua Phillips, who was 
born in Kentucky, in 1805. He married Sarah McCarty, 
wild was born in Tennessee, in 1806. They were married 
in Snlli\an county, Indiana, and had the following chil- 
dren : -M.iix (idnliin, (if Champaign, Illinois; Johannah, 
who died in Orange county, Indiana, in 1854; Thomas, 
who died in 185 1 ; Emily Mahan, who died December 22, 
i8go; Ann Currans, who is the widow of a soldier; John 
L, a physician at Westphalia, Indiana ; Joshua, who died 
Januaiy 31, 1908, at; Terre Haute; Lizzie, twin sister of 
Isaiah, died April 28, 1900. The father of the subject 
was a farmer in Sullivan county, where he died April 6, 
1846. His wife died November 20, 1872. 

The Phillips family came from Wales and was estab- 
lished in the eastern colonies before the Revolutionary 
war. The subject's great-grandfather was killed in that 
war. His son, Thomas Phillips, lost his right arm as 
the result of a wound received at St, Claire's defeat in 
Ohio. The subject's brothers. Perry and Dr. John L., 
were soldiers in the Civil war. 


The subject is a member of the Presbyterian church. 
He is a Repubhcan. but has never held office. 


Hairy C. ^Morgan, admittedly the most extensive 
stock dealer in the state of Indiana, is one of Greene 
county's native sons and has ever manifested a pardonable 
pride in the beautiful locality where on the 14th day of 
August, 1852, he first saw the light of day. In his veins 
flows the blood of a long line of New England ancestry, 
also of antecedents that were among the early substantial 
yeomanry of the good state of Ohio. His father, George 
C. Morgan, was bom in Connecticut, but in early life 
left his native state to engage in business for himself as a 
peddler of clocks, in the prosecution of which he traveled 
e.xtensively over the southern and western states, meet- 
ing with encouraging success in the undertaking and later 
with true Yankee foresight, judiciously invested-his earn- 
ings in southern Indiana real estate, locating in Greene 
county, in 1854. Maiy Alkire, who became the wife of 
George C. Morgan, was born and reared in Ohio, in which 
state her marriage also occurred. It was shortly after 
taking to himself a wife that Mr. Morgan come to this 
county, as stated above, and settling in Washington town- 
ship, purchased a large tract of land and engaged exten- 
sively in fanning and stock raising, giving special atten- 
tion to the latter, and in the course of a few years, became 
not only the leading- stock man in the county, but one of 


the largest in the state, having been among the first in 
southern Inchana to buy on an extensive scale for the 
eastern markets. By close attention to his business inter- 
ests, he added greatly to his holdings and in time became 
quite wealthy, owning in addition to real estate and other 
property elsewhere, a stock farm of two thousand acres 
in Greene county, every square foot of which was acquired 
through his persevering industry and successful manage- 

George C. and Alary Morgan reared a family of five 
children, the suliject of this review being the second in 
order of birth. 

The life of Henry C. Morgan has been devoid of 
anything strikingly interesting or tragic, having been 
spent in peaceful pursuit of the honorable calling to 
which his attaition is still devoted, and in which his suc- 
cess has been so phenomenally signal. He was reared amid 
the environments of the home farm, where he early be- 
came familiar with life's practical duties, and in the 
schools of the neighborhood laid a foundation of an 
education, which, supplemented and enlarged by intelli- 
gent observation and multiform business dealings, has 
made him one of the widely informed men of his com- 

A natural trader, he has made many large deals, and 
in pursuit of his business enterprises, has traveled exten- 
sively, besides having direct communication with all sec- 
tions of the country in which the live stock interests have 
assumed respectable proportions. For sometime past he 
has been associated with his brother, John L., which 
partnership is known throughout the length and breadth 


of the land, and which handles more live stock than any 
other dealer or firm in Indiana. They buy and ship to all 
the leading markets of this country, hundreds of car- 
loads, nearly every month, besides making large shipments 
at intervals, to foreign ports, among which the name of 
the firm in extensively known and highly rated. 

Mr. Morgan's ability and wide experience gives him 
precedence in business circles. Nevertheless, his deal- 
ings have been characterized by a strict sense of 
honor, while his reputation has always withstood the 
most critical test. 

Mr. Morgan has ammassed an ample competency and 
is regarded as one of the solid and substantial men of 
his section of the state, owning, in addition to a large 
amount of personal property, a valuable stock farm in 
Greene county, consisting of three thousand acres, con- 
servatively valued at ninety dollars per acre, though real- 
ly worth considerably more than this figure. Although a 
business man in all the term implies, he is also public- 
spirited, ever manifesting a lively interest in the wel- 
fare of his county and state and discharging the duties of 
citizenship as becomes a man of his broad mind and 
liberal ideas. 

He is a Democrat, and he and his wife are memljers 
of the Methodist Episcopal cliurch. 

Mr. Morgan was married in the year 1874, to Mary 
Baker, of Greene county, who has borne him ten children, 
six of whom are living, namely : Frederick, of Vincennes, 
Indiana ; Frank, George, Blanche, Phoebe and Bessie, all 
but Frederick at home. Those dead are Charles O., died 
aged thirty-two years: Edward died when twenty-two 
years old; Jesse and Grace died when young. 

9d8 biographical memoirs 

Mrs. Morgan, a daughter of one of the representative 
citizens of Greene county, is a lady of gracious person- 
ahty and popular in the large circle of friends with whom 
she mingles. Mr. Morgan's preliminary education was 
received in the public schools, after| which he spent some 
time in Notre Dame University, at South Bend, where 
he obtained a knowledge of the more advanced branches 
of learning, together with the personal culture for which 
that institution is noted. 


In gi\'ing the life record in part of the subject of 
this sketch, no attempt shall be made to give extravagant 
praise, but simply to note a few of the more important 
events in the career of one who has at all times and all 
circumstances endeavored to do his full part in all lines 
of activity in which he has been a participant. His has 
been a true, useful and honorable life — a life charterized 
by perseverance, energy, broad charity and well defined 
purpose, and he has justly won the unstinted esteem of 
his neighbors and friends l)y thus always "keeping the 
even tenor of his way." 

Alfred Ryors Bunger resides on and cultivates a fine 
farm in section i8. Smith township, Greene county, but 
Monroe is the county of his birth, which occurred January 
24. 1847, the son of Joseph and Magdalene (Walker) 
Bunger, the father of the former having been a native of 
Germany, wlio settled in A'irginia in an early day, later 


moving- to Kentucky, where he farnied for six years, when . 
he moved to Monroe county, Indiana, in 1824, entering 
land on which he spent the remainder of his hfe, having 
married a Miss House. He died March 8. 1850. His 
wife died September 21, 1834. The early life of the 
father of the subject was spent in Virginia, and in Ken- 
tucky, on a farm until his father, Jacob Bunger, moved 
to Indianapolis, returning- to Virginia he became stage 
driver from Lewisburg to White Sulphur Springs, later 
coming to Indiana in about 1833, where he took up farm- 
ing in Monroe county, remaining- there until 1848, when 
he traded his first farm for another in the same neigh- 
borhood, on which he spent the rest of his life, leaving the 
farm as an estate which is now owned partly by William 
M. Bunger, a brother of the subject of this sketch, and 
James W. Bunger. a nephew of the subject. 

The father of the subject was married to Magdalene 
(Harvey) Walker March 20, 1834. Both he and his wife 
were eamest church members, he being an elder. Joseph 
Bunger died when almost eig-hty-six years old, January 
27, 1896, and his faithful life companion passed away at 
the age of seventy-three years, February 25. 1880. Nine 
children were bom to them, four of whom are now living. 

Michael E., a brother of the subject, was a soldier in 
the Civil war, having enlisted in Company F, Eighty- 
Second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving from 1862 
to the close of the war, having been mustered in as a 
sergeant, but when he was discharged he ranked as first 
lieutenant and adjutant of the regiment. John W., another 
brother, was a member of Company D,' Fiftieth Regiment, 
of this state, having enlisted in Septem1>er, 1861, and was 


. discharged on account of illness contracted while in line 
of duty before his tenn of enlistment expired. Joseph T. 
now resides at Midland, Indiana. 

The early life of Alfred Bunger, our subject, was 
spent in Monroe county, on his father's farm, and attend- 
ing the public schools in which he applied himself most 
assiduously, and later entered the State University 
for two years. He tau.ght three terms of school 
in Greene county, and also tauglit subscription 
and public schools in Arkansas, where he spent 
a year anil six months, being successful in all 
his school teaching. After returning home, he 
came to Greene county, in the spring of 1869, settling 
on the place where he now resides, his father having pur- 
chased this farm just previous. In 1871 he purchased 
in part, the fami jointly with his brother, Joseph T., and 
later \\'illiam Muir, father of Mrs. Bunger, purchased 
the interest of Joseph T., and gave the same to his 
daughter, and thus our subject and wife became the sole 
owners of this one hundred and sixty acre tract, a part 
of which had been given to them by Joseph Bunger, and 
to which tiiey have added forty-one acres. The land is 
mostly prairie, other parts being cleared, it is all now 
under cultivation but about thirty acres. An excellent 
system of tile drainage is being installed, which the owner 
hopes will render clover growing- more satisfactoiw ; as it 
is, the farm will now produce crops of all kinds equal to 
the time when Mr. Bunger assumed management of it. 
which fact certainly speaks well of his ability as an agri- 
culturist, in fact, he has spared no pains to place the fann 
in a high state of efficiency. Corn is bought and fed on 


the place, together with what the farm produces, to cattle 
and hogs which he prepares for market. He is a breeder 
of Polled -Durham cattle and Jersey Red hogs, sound 
judgment always being exercised by the subject in the 
handling of stock of all kinds, as well as in the manage- 
ment of his fami. 

Mr. Bunger was married to Sarah Muir, :\Iay 
8, 1873. the daughter of William and Man- A. (Wannan) 
Muir, the father a native of Ayershire. Scotland, where 
he was born in 1818, and came to America when eighteen 
years old, settling in Indianapolis, when, in 1845, he 
married Mary A. Wannan, a native of Bartholomew 
county, Indiana, but her family settled in Indianapolis 
when she was eleven years old. He was a weaver of great 
skill, and an extraordinary fine coverlet woven by him in 
1853 is in possession of the family, said to be a rare 
piece of workmanship in both design and color, by all 
who have seen it. But he finally gave up his trade and en- 
gaged in market gardening on ground that is now within 
the corporate limits of Indianapolis. Moving to Clay 
county in 1864, he remained there on a farm until his 
death, June 22. 1888, at the age of seventy years, leav- 
ing a widow and three children, the mother sun'iving 
only a few months. 

The home of Mr. and Mrs. .\lfred Bunger has been 
made happy by the birth of six children as follows: 
Viola May, the wife of James E. Stahl, a farmer of 
Greene county, who has two children, Frances E. and 
Alfred L. : Joseph Leroy is in the United States mail 
sen-ice. living in Terre Haute, married and the father of 
t%-o children, Paul R. and Alfred R. : WMlliam Ervin, 


who is married and engaged in the real estate business in 
Terre Haute: Alfred Theodore, who died at the age of 
sixteen years in 1897; Mary Clarenda, who is single and 
living at home, now (1908) a student at Brown's Busi- 
ness College, Terre Haute; Estella died in infancy. The 
children of the subject and wife as they grew up took 
their place as Sabbath school workers, in fact, this is a 
characteristic of the family. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bunger are active members of the 
Presbyterian church, the former having been an elder for 
thirtA'-two years, and both diligent workers for many 
years in the Sunday school, although the church of their 
membership was four and one-half miles from their 
home. In politics Mr. Bunger is independent. He was 
trustee of his township for one term. Xo people are 
better known or more highl\- respected in the community 
than the Bunger familv. 


The subject, who is mayor of Linton and a member 
of the Greene count}- bar, is a native of ■Montgomery 
county, Ohio, where his birth occured on the 17th day 
of March, 1873. His father, Wilson Riley, also a native 
of the Buckeye state, was born in Montgomeiy county, 
in 1834, and in the year 1854 was there married to Mary 
Frantz, of Pennsylvania, who first saw the light of day 
in 1832. \^'ilson Riley, a fanner by occupation, and an 
e.xemplary citizen, died near the place of his birth in tl«e 


month of March, 1881, his wife sun'iving him until 1906, 
when she too was called from earthly scenes; a coinci- 
dence of some interest is that the same minister who 
officiated at the burial of the husband, perfonned the last 
sad office for the wife when her remains were consigned to 
the dust, twenty-tive years later. The subject and a 
brother. Milton C. Riley, are the only members of the 
family in Indiana, the others never having left their native 

After stud}-ing in the district schools, Camden C. 
Riley completed a high school course in Union county. 
Ohio, and during the three years following taught school 
in Montgomen,- county, spending two or three years in 
charge of the home school, where he pursued his studies 
when a boy. Later he took a course in bookkeeping and 
stenography in the Miami Commercial College, Dayton. 
Ohio, and in April, 1898, came to Linton, Lidiana, to ac- 
cept the position of bookkeeper and stenographer with 
the Linton Coal Mining Company, which place he held 
one and a half years with great credit to himself and to 
the satisfaction of his employers. Subsequently he filled 
similar positions with different companies and firms in 
Linton and elsewhere, and while thus engaged, took up the 
study of law. which he pursued until his admission to the 
bar shortly after which he was appointed deputy prosecut- 
ing attorney, this being his first introduction to the prac- 
tice of the legal profession. Mr. Riley has been keenly in- 
terested in political matters ever since boyhood, and on 
coming to Linton he at once became an active worker in 
the Republican part}^ of which he has been an ardent sup- 
porter from the time of casting his first ballot. In recogni- 


tion of valuable sen-ices rendered the party, as well as by 
reasons of his peculiar fitness for the position, he was 
elected in 1905, mayor of Linton, the duties of which office 
he has since discharged, being now (1908) on the third 
year of his term of four years. As chief executive of the 
city, he has conducted himself in a becoming manner that 
has won the confidence and esteem of the people of his 
jurisdiction, being able and prompt in the discharge of 
his official functions and bringing a dignity to the position 
that proves him to be the right man in the right place. 

Mr. Riley was married in 1897, to Nellie, daughter 
of Barney and Lettie (Simons) Baker, of Dayton, Ohio. 
His widow is living and spends, her time in the home of 
her children. Mr. and Mrs. Riley are the parents of three 
interesting children, one son and two daughters, whose 
names are Granville, Carrie and Mary. In his fraternal 
relations the subject is a member of the ancient and 
honorable Oi'der of Masoniy and aims to measure his life 
according to the high standard of excellence as laid down 
in the beautiful and sublime principles and precepts of this 
time honored brotherhood. He is also identified with the 
Modern Woodmen of the World. Mr. Riley is a young 
man of excellent parts and well defined purposes, and be- 
ing in the prime of mental and physical powers, doubtless, 
has before him a promising future. He possesses the 
faculty of winning and retaining many warm personal 
friendships and the high regard in which he is held in the 
city of his adoption, and the honorable post which he has 
been called to fill indicate on his part a determination to 
discharge his every duty and obligation as becomes a 
good man and worthy citizen. 



The subject of this biograph)-, a worthy pnjcluct of 
Greene county, was bom on the parental fann in Rich- 
land township, November 21, 1877. Senator Bland is the 
youngest of three sons bom to Joseph and Arminda 
(Shipman) Bland, both natives of Greene county. Joseph 
Bland was bom October 8, 1846, and his wife's birth 
occurred on the 21st of February, of the same year. They 
spent their productive years on the farm, which they still 
own in Richland township, but at present are living retired 
in Linton, enjoying a well-earned respite from active 
labors. Both the Bland and Shipman families, as here 
represented, came to Indiana from North Carolina, where 
their Welsh ancestors first located on American soil. The 
paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Robert 
Bland, was a Union soldier during the Civil war. and 
died a few years after his discharge, presumably from 
the effects of disease contracted in the army. Richard 
Shipman, the matemal grandfather, was also a soldier 
for the presei-vation of the Union, but did not long survive 
the close of the war. 

Oscar E. Bland, whose name heads this article, was 
reared to fami life, dividing his youthful days between 
working on the farm and attending the district schools. 
When he had outgrown the latter, he took a course in the 
Linton high school, supplementing this with a course at 
Valparaiso University, and finished his classical work at 
Lidiana University. He also took a law course in the 
same institution, and was admitted to the bar, and began 
practice in Linton in 1901. After six years of successful 


practice alone, in order to accommodate the increasing- 
patronage of the office, and also because of his elevation 
to the saiatorship, he fomied a partnership with Henry 
Moore, Esq., of Bloomfield, under the firm title of Moore 
& Bland, and offices are conducted both at the county- 
seat and in Linton. The Bloomfield office is conducted 
by Mr. Moore, and that at Linton, by Mr. Bland and his 
associate, R. H. Neeley. Esq. Mr. Bland is a successful 
and thoroughly capable lawyer and has established a large 
and lucrative practice. He is not only well-versed in the 
intracies of his profession, but he is one of the most tal- 
ented and versatile lawyers in the count)-, both in office 
counsel and before the bar. He has few peers as a cam- 
paign orator, and his services are in demand on all occa- 
sions of educational politics. He was a stalwart Repub- 
lican, thoroughly in touch with the administration at 
Washington, and a zealous supporter of President Roose- 
velt's attitude on questions of public policy. 

Mr. Bland was elected to the state senate in 1906, 
and represents the counties of Greene, Monroe and Owen. 
He was tlie champion of the two-cent railroad fare bill, 
which he introduced in the senate, and this, and a few 
minor measures, was the key-note of his campaign. He 
also introduced the miners' wash-house bill and cham- 
pioned it to a final issue. 

Mr. Bland was married June 18, 1902, to Josephine, 
daughter of Dr. Jesse and Mary Hanna, of Linton. The 
family are prominent in the social affairs of Linton, and 
widely and favorably known throughout the county, and 
senatorial district. They have one daughter, Helen, aged 
five years, in 1908. 


Mr. Bland is a young an of bright prospects for 
future prominence and usefulness. Few men at the age of 
thirty have attained to the degree of public esteem and 
confidence accorded to Oscar Bland. At the threshhold 
of vig'orous young manhood, the possibility for future 
development is not merely conjectural. 

He is an ardent participant in athletic sports, and 
enjoys the solitude of the wilderness in the hunting sea- 
on, usually making a trip, annually, to the Rockies or else- 
where, in the search for "big game." Recently on his 
return from one of these excursions he brought with him 
two fine elk heads, which he presented to the local lodge. 
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In consideration 
of this very appropriate gift, and also as a means of 
showing appreciation of the generous donor, the society 
voted him an honoraiy life membership. He is a member 
of the Woodmen of the World, and Sigma Nu Greek 
letter fratemitv. 


Frank Spelbring, city clerk of Linton, and 
manager of tlie Greene county Loan Company, 
is a native of Owen county, Indiana, and one 
of a family of eight children born to John H. 
and Katherine A. Spelbring, the father of German 
birth, the mother a native of Pennsylvania. John H. 
Spelbring, who was bom in 1824, in Germany, came to 
America when young and in 1836 became a resident of 
Owen county, this state, where he followed agriculture 



for a livehood, until age necessitated his retirement irom 
life's active duties, when he laid aside the implements of 
husbandry and spent the remainder of his days amid the 
quiet scenes of home, dying in July, 1906. He was a 
quiet, unassuming man, successful in his chosen vocation, 
having accumulated a sufficiency of this world's goods 
to place him in independent circumstances and as a neigh- 
bor and citizen, he stood high in the community and 
enjoyed the friendship and confidence of all who knew 
him. The family of John H. and Katherine A. Spel- 
bring consisted of eight children, namely : Jacob died 
from disease contracted in the army; Katherine, widow 
of John Altemiller, of Terre Haute; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Sendmeyer. of Clay county; Dr. Benjamin F., a physi- 
cian and surgeon of Sahne City, Indiana ; Henry, a resi- 
dent of Clay county and a farmer by occupation ; Samuel, 
a fanner and banker of Westfield, Illinois; Malinda. 
deceased, and Frank, whose name introduces tliis article. 

Frank Spelbring was born on the 22(1 day 
of Februaiy, 1857, and spent his early life at the home 
farm in Owen county, where in due time he learned by 
practical experience, the full meaning of hard work, and 
it was there also that he developed the habits of industry 
which have stood him so well in subsequent life. His 
preliminar)^ training in the common schools was after- 
wards supplemented by a course in the Northern Indiana 
Nonnal University, at Valparaiso, after which he taught 
several terms of school and earned a creditable record 
as a capable and painstaking instructor. 

Discontinuing educational work. ;\[r, Spelbring ac- 
cepted the position of clerk in a mercantile establishment. 


and until 1908 this has been liis principal vocation, hav- 
ing clerked and sold goods for about twenty years in the 
counties of Greene and Clay, becoming a citizen of the 
fonner in 1888. Since that year he has made his home 
in Linton, and during the interim between then and 
now his name has been prominently identified with the 
advancement of the town along material lines, having 
always been public spirited and doing all in his power 
to advance the interests of his city. 

During 1907-1908 Mr. Spelbring has had charge 
of the Greene County Loan Company's office, in Linton, 
in the management of which he has greatly enlarged the 
area of the concern's operations and added not a little 
to its permanence and popularity. In municipal matters, 
he has also been active and influential, being a member of 
the city council and the city school board, and in 1903 
he was elected city clerk, which office he still holds, having 
jjeen re-elected in 1903. and the duties of which he dis- 
charges in the able and businesslike manner characteristic 
of the man. 

A Democrat in politics, he is a force in his party 
and makes his influence felt not only in local affairs, 
but in district, state and national politics as well, always 
taking an active interest in campaigns, attending many 
conventions. He belongs to the Pythian Order and the 
Modem Woodmen of America, and his religious affilia- 
tions are with the Presbyterian church, being in 1908, 
a member of the building committee, having in charge 
the construction of the beautiful temple of worship for the 
use of the First Presbyterian church of Linton. 

Mr. Spelbring was married in the month of August, 


1878. to Miss Rose E. Moore, daughter of C. B. 
]\Ioore, of Clay county, a union blessed with three chil- 
dren : Herbert V.; died in infancy: Stella M.. wife of 
Charles G. Allen, of Linton ; and Clara, who is single 
and a member of the home circle. Mrs. Spelbring died 
in May, 1889, and on August 27th, of the year 1890, Mr. 
Spelbring was united in marriage to his present wife, who 
bore the maiden name of Arabell Buzzard. Mrs. Spel- 
bring is the daughter of \\'illiam Buzzard, and has borne 
her husband four ofifspring-, whose names are : Fern, 
Rutli, W, Henry and Esther, all living. 


The subject was fomierly a member of the linn 
Holscher & Harris, shoe merchants, of Linton, Indiana, 
and he was bom in Stockton township, Greene county, 
December 20, 1879. the son of Henr\- and Anna Mar\' 
(Eichin) Holscher. The father of the subject was born 
in Lockport, Indiana, in 1838, and his mother, who was 
bom in Baden, Germany, in 1-849, came to this country 
with her parents in 1855. Her father, John Eichin, was 
a minister of the German Reformed church and was 
engaged in his ministerial labors in Greene county, in the 
early days. He later moved to Illinois and died at Olney, 
in 1885. The father of the subject is also descended from 
German ancestors. His parents, John and Adelheit Hol- 
scher, came to Greene county, Indiana, from Germany, 
in the early twenties and located on a farm in Stockton 


township, in 1849. The mother of the subject, and her 
unmarried son. Wihiam E. Holscher, still own and live 
upon this land. The subject's parents reared the fol- 
low^ing children: Emily, John H., Henn- M.. \Mlliam 
E., Benjamin F., our subject: Lydia E. All are mar- 
ried, except William E., and all live in Linton. The 
brothers are all miners. 

The subject of the sketch was educated in the public 
schools, graduating from the township schools in 1893, 
and he attended the high school in Linton for two years : 
also spent nearly two years in the State University. He 
began teaching in 1896 and successfully followed that 
profession for six years, having been employed all this 
time in his native township. He became a partner in a 
shoe store under the firm name of Hedrick & Holscher, 
in 1901. and the following- year purchased his partner's 
interest and managed the business himself until 1904, 
when Joseph A. Harris became the junior partner. They 
dealt exclusively in shoes and "foot-wear," and had a 
large and carefully selected stock at 189 North Main 
street, until May. 1908. when a fire damaged the stock 
and later the firm closed out the business. 

Mr. Holscher was married December 25, 1900, to 
Hattie L. Heltman, daughter of Philip and Laura Helt- 
man. of Olney, Illinois, where she was born, reared and 
educated. Her father was one of the pioneers of that 
locality, a large land owner and an extensive stock dealer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Holscher have two sons. Donald Car- 
lyle, who was born in Januaiy, 1902 : and Harry, who 
was born in February, 1907. 

The subject is a member of Linton Lodge. No, 866, 


Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He was a member 
of the German Refonned church, with which he atifiliated 
wheii lie was only thirteen years old. and continued his 
membership in it until he was married, when he with- 
drew and joined with his wife as members of the First 
Methodist church, and is now a teacher in the Sunday 
school of that church. Mr. Holscher is a Democrat, and 
he was elected a member of the city council of Linton, 
from an unexpired term in 1904. In the fall of the same 
year he was elected councilman-at-large, entering upon 
the duties of the office in Januar\', 1906. for a four years' 
temi. He is, in igo8, the able president of the city finance 
board and an active member of the various committees. 
He is regarded as one of Linton's most industrious and 
trustworthy citizens. 


This capable and highly resjjected business man of 
Linton. Indiana, was born in Springfield. Ohio. Novem- 
ber 8. 1858. but moved to Gibson county early in life and 
attended the public schools there, working on a farm 
between terms. He fanned successfully until he was 
thirty-five years old. In 1893 'le entered a drug store to 
leam the business, and got along so well in his new field 
of endeavor that he soon opened a store of his own in 
Patoka, this state. Removing his stock to Linton in 1906, 
he now owns and operates the well known Owl drag store 
there, carrying a full line of drugs, patent medicines, toi- 


let articles, paints, oils, etc., enjoying a splendid trade 
with the city and surrounding- country. 

Politically he is a Republican, a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, and a member of Columbia 
Lodge, No. 450, Masonic fraternity, at Patoka, Indiana. 
He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of Amer- 
ica, local lodge at Linton. 

Henry Steelman was married November 8. 1882. to 
Alice Phillips, daughter of Rhoda (Highley) Phillips, 
of Gibson county, Indiana. To this union one bright son 
was bom, who, in 1908, is a student of phamiacy in 
Philadelphia College. 

The subject's first wife was called from her earthly 
labors early in life and he re-married November 6, 1890. 
His second wife was Fannie J. McFetridge, of Gibson 
county, Indiana, a daughter of John O. McFetridge, a 
well known farmer. Two children were bom to this 
union, namely; Eunice, a high school student in Linton, 
Indiana; Henry, living at home and attending public 
schools; both giving every promise of bright futures. 

John Wesley Steelman, the father of the subject. 
was a native of Pennsylvania, where he spent his youth 
and married Elizabeth Hinckle, who was also a native of 
that state. He was a farmer, near Springfield, Ohio, until 
he moved to Gibson county, Indiana, in 1863. The fol- 
lowing children were born to this union : John W., Mark 
Henr\', Rebecca, Catharine, Dora, Phoebe, Mary, Charles, 
William and Amanda all died in early life, Charles and 
Amanda in childhood, the others were grown and 

The subject is an inlluential and much respected man, 
owing- to his honesty and industry. 



There is no calling, however humble, in which en- 
terprise and industry, coupled with a well directed pur- 
pose, will not be productive of some measure of success, 
and in the pursuit of agriculture the qualities mentioned 
are especially essential. Among the fanners of Greene 
county who have attained to a definite degree of success 
in their line is Stephen Ellis, whose fann is located in 
section 19, Smith township, nine miles west of \\^orth- 
ington. He was born June 20. 1842, near Linton, being 
the son of William and Martha (Robinson) Ellis, the lat- 
ter a daughter of Stephen Robinson. His grandfather, 
Robert Ellis, was bom in Ireland, immigrating to Amer- 
ica in his early youth, and at the age of sixteen years en- 
listed in the Revolutionary' cause, serving four years in 
a Georgia regiment, after which he moved to Tennessee, 
ultimately coming to Greene county, Indiana, where he 
farmed and died at the age of ninety-six j^ears, leaving 
four sons and one daughter. The subject's grandfather. 
Stephen Robinson, a native of Tennessee, did not come 
ta Greene county. The subject's father came to Monroe 
county, Indiana, from Tennessee, and in 1837 entered 
four hundred acres of land in Greene county, where he 
made his home the balance of his life, dying at the age 
of seventy-six. His wife lived to be sixty-two years old. 
They were Baptists and the parents of nineteen children, 
thirteen of whom were living at the time of the mother's 
death and eight are living in 1908. 

Stephen Ellis remained at home until his patriotism 
proAipted him to sever home ties and offer his sen-ices 

Q^^^l^. glL. 


to his country, which was threatened with disraption, 
and in 1864 he enhsted in Company A, Fifty-ninth In- 
diana Volunteer Infantrj^ and was in Shennan's army 
until the close of the war, performing gallant service and 
never flinching from his duty. His brother Robert, who 
enlisted at the same time, sei-ved through the remainder 
of the war, after which they both returned home and , 
the fomier resumed farming, which he has always fol- 
lowed, at present carrying on a general fanning and 
stock raising on his estate, consisting of one hundred 
acres, producing especially good corn, which is fed to 
hogs and cattle. Cornmercial fertilizej's are used and in 
other skillful ways the land is kept in first-class condi- 
tion. It has a natural drainage, being rolling for the 
most part, and all the fields are well fenced with wire, 
principally; in short, this farm is a piece of property 
which any one might be proud to own. 

Mr. Ellis was married in 1861 to Nancy Clark, 
daughter of Stephen and Rebecca (Ellingsworth) Clark, 
the fonner a native of Washington county and the lat- 
ter of Greene county, Indiana. Three children were bom 
to the subject and wife, namely: Mary, the wife of Tyra 
W. Bray, who has three children; George \\'., who lives 
in Terre Haute, and is the father of four childrai ; Na- 
than died in childhood. The subject's first wife died 
in 1866. In June, 1867. he married his second wife, ]\Ia- 
tilda Butler, who was bom in Indiana, the daughter of 
Edward and Nancy (Holt) Butler, natives of Tennessee. 
There was no issue to this marriage and Mrs. Ellis died 
in 1878. The subject was again married in 1880 to Ettie 
Van Slyke, daughter of Peter C. and Sarah Jane ( Boyd) 


Van Slyke, natives of Greene count)'. Four children 
were bom to this last union, namely : Jennie, wife of Ed- 
ward Robinson and the mother of two children, Laura 
Belle and Joseph Paul; Joel C, who married Violet 
Henr\- and lives in Denver, Colorado : Van and Ruth are 
living at home. Mr. Ellis has nine grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchildren in 1908. He is a strong Dem- 
ocrat in his political belief. He was fomierly a member 
of the Baptist church, but when he moved from his earlier 
home he failed to take his church letter to his new place 
of residence. His wife is a member of the Baptist church 
as was also his fi;;st wife. Mr. Ellis is regarded as a 
plain, honest, sober and industrious citizen, who is hon- 
ored and respected by all who know him, and his wife 
and entire family stand well in the neighborhood where 
they reside. 


This well known stock raiser and farmer, of Stock- 
ton township, Greene county, was born near Carlisle, Sul- 
livan county, this state, October 28, 1847, the son of Sam- 
uel Johnson, wlio was a noted stock raiser and breeder 
during the Civil war, having remainetl in the county 
where he was bom, being the son of Peter Johnson, an 
honored veteran of the War of 1812, and, like him, a 
man of many sterling traits, Peter Johnson was also a 
participant in the bloody Indian wars. The mother of 
Richard T. Jnlmson, our subject, was in her girlhood, 
Amanda Reed, daughter of James Reed, a pioneer mill 


man, who lived near Pleasantville. Sullivan county. Four 
children were bom to her union with Samuel Johnson. 
After her death Mr. Johnson married Ellen Shake, 
daughter of Christopher Shake. After a well spent and 
active life, Samuel Johnson died at his home in Sullivan 
county, in 1886. 

Our subject was united in marriage in 1870 to Sa- 
. rah J. Lisman. daughter of Perry Lisman. a well known 
citizen of Sullivan county, and as a result of this union 
the subject became the proud father of two interesting 
children. Reed and Perrv'. His first wife was called 
from her earthly labors in 1879 and Mr. Johnson was 
remarried in 1882 to Frances Lambeth, daughter of 
Rankin Lambeth, a native of North Carolina. The chil- 
dren of this last union are : Floyd. Amanda. Grace. Ray 
and Vemor. all veiy promising children. Although Mr. 
Johnson is not a very elderly man, there is a difference in 
the ages of his oldest and youngest boys of thirty-two 

The subject remained with his father on his Sulli- 
van county fann. assisting with the work about the place, 
until he was first married on the date above giveai. and 
there learning the fundamental principles of agriculture, 
he has since developed them to their fullest extent, mak- 
ing farming a sticcess in ever\' particular and bringing 
his farm up to an equal basis of any in the community 
where he resides. He has long been known as one of the 
most extensive wheat growers in southern Lidiana, hav- 
ing raised mauy crops that yielded two thousand and five 
hundred bushels. Mr. Johnson seems to possess greater 
skill in the successful planting and handling of wheat 


crops than most farmers of his locahty. Besides, he 
makes a pronounced success of liis other crops and stock 
raising, which forms no inconsiderable part of his in- 
come, which has increased from year to year owing to 
his efficient management. 

The subject came to Greene county in Februan-, 
1896, and purchased the Ora Price farm of seventy-five 
acres two and one-half miles west of Linton. He has, 
since his first arrival there, been regarded as one of the 
community's most accomplished and trustworthy citi- 
zens, and at once gained the respect and confidence of all 
his neighbors and acquaintances. 

In politics he is a Republican, but he has never 
sought an office. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are members 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. 


The subject was born in Greene county in the early 
pioneer epoch, one mile east of the present city of Lin- 
ton, Januaiy 3, 1835, and is the oldest native- 
born resident of Stockton township, being one of the 
oldest in Greene county, and who has been prominently 
identified with the industrial, material and civic progress 
of this section, having ever stood for loyal and public- 
spirited citizenship. In November, 1854, he entered the 
land where he now lives, a little more than three miles 
southeast of Linton, having gone to housekeeping that 
year, settling in the woods, which were so tliick. he says. 


he could see only one way, and that was straight up. 
Now it is so thickly settled that the neighbors can't raise 
chickens. In fact, this section was practically an un- 
broken forest, where Indians and wild animals were still 
plentiful and when the homes of the pioneers were cabins 
of the more primitive type. "Uncle" Daniel Fields, as 
he was familiarly called, harks back in memory to 1843, 
when there were but three houses in Linton, and he tells 
many thrilling reminiscences of those pioneer days, re- 
calling how the wilderness thereabout was filled with wild 
turkey, deer, bear and wolves, many of them falling vic- 
tims to his long, quaint rifle. He has been a factor in 
bringing about the transformation which has made this 
one of the leading counties in the state, with its highly 
cultivated farms, thriving towns and villages, its schools 
houses, churches and all other evidences of progress and 

The father of the subject was Stephen Fields, a 
Keiituckian. who came to Greene county, Indiana, when 
a young man and, being a Christian preacher, did more 
than his share of the work in uplifting the moral and re- 
ligious element of the c®unty, having worked among the 
people there untiringly, administering to their wants in 
whatever way he found them in need of help. The maiden 
name of the mother of the subject was Margaret Har- 
rah, daughter of Daniel Harrah, who settled in Greene 
county when it was in its very first stages of develop- 
ment, the wilderness still being in evidence on ever}' hand. 
Daniel, our subject, was the eldest of a family of nine 
children. The names of the others are: William, Re- 
becca, Thomas, James, all deceased; Mary, Ella and 


Cliarles — just three — living; two other children died in 
early life. Steplien Fields' death occurred in 1880 near 
Edwardsport, Indiana, in which town they lived ten years. 
He was preceded to the silent land by his wife in 1876. 

Daniel Fields lived with his father until he was 
twenty years old. receiving such schooling as those pio- 
neer times afforded. He was united in marriage with 
Emily J. Gastineau, of Stockton township, on October 
19, 1854. In November of that year he entered eighty 
acres of government land, on which he has since resided, 
having long enjoyed a comfortable home there and ha-\'- 
ing made a splendid fann as a result nf his hard labnr. 
To this union six children have been bom, as follows : 
Francis, a fanner, living in Stockton township; Myra, 
deceased ; Ida, wife of Thomas Bloomer, living at Lyons ; 
Emma, wife of John Peters, living in Stockton township; 
Oliver, deceased ; Elmer, living in Stockton tmvnship. 
The subject's first wife was called to her reward Januarj' 
26, 1886, and he was again married in October of that 
year to Nancy Wakefield, a sister of his former wife, 
and widow of William L. Wakefield, of Grant township. 
She is now living at the age of seventy in 1908. 

"Uncle" Daniel was one of those loyal sons who 
could not quell his patriotic ardor when his country was 
in need of help during those troublous days of the sixties, 
and, severing home ties for a soldier life, which he be- 
lieved to be his higher duty, marched away to defend the 
stars and stripes, being a member of the Fourteenth In- 
diana Volunteer Infantiy, in which he enlisted in Au- 
gust, 1862, and fought gallantly in that bloodiest of all 
battles of the great war — Antietam — where he was struck 


by a shell during one of the hottest moments of that grear 
conflict and slightly wounded. After participating in fur- 
ther work in which his regiment was called to perform, he 
was honorably discharged at Buffalo, New York, in 1865. 
"Uncle" Daniel and his aged companion are highly 
honored and regarded with the utmost consideration and 
courtesy by the entire community which they have so long 
enriched with their presence. 


One of the well improved and attractive farms of 
St(.)ckton township, Greene county, is that owned and 
conducted by the subject of this sketch, who has long 
been identified with industrial affairs in this part of the 
state, having been bom in this township and on the place 
where he has spent his entire life April 7. i860. His 
father, David Shields, was a native of I^awrence county, 
who came to Greene county in 1853, settling on the fann 
a part of which the subject owns at present. David 
Shields died in 1894 after a busy and highly upright ca- 
reer, winning friends wherever he went and never los- 
ing them. The maiden name of the mother of the sub- 
ject was Ellen Box, a native of Lawrence county, now 
an elderly lady of beautiful attributes, who makes her 
home with her two grandchildren in Linton. David 
Shields and wife were the parents of eig'ht children, four 
of whom are living in 1908 — Arista, Thomas J-. John B. 
and Ida May, wife of John R. Chapman. 


Thomas J. Shields, our subject, spent his boyhood 
days on his father's fami, attending the common schools 
in that vicinity until he reached manhood, and gaining 
a knowledge of agriculture and stock raising from the 
careful methods employed by his father in these lines. 

Our subject was united in marriage in 1884 to Anna 
Lisman. of Stockton township, and this union has proved 
a happy and fortunate one, resulting in the birth of the 
following bright children : Dova, Frank, David and Ha- 
zel. The second child born to them died in infancy. 

Air. Shields has been deputy assessor for four years, 
filling, this office in a most satisfactory manner. This of- 
fice in Stockton township is far more important than in 
the average township, owing to the fact that many large 
coal mines are situated here. Mr. Shields increased the 
assessment of many of the large coal companies, and 
has been vigorous and outspoken in his determination 
that these corporations shall be made to bear their just 
proportion of taxation. The county carried the fight be- 
fore the state tax commission and won. The splendid 
administration of this office has earned for him the ap- 
proval of the people in general and he is recognized as an 
authority in matters pertaining to taxation. 

Mr. Shields resides on his farm, which lies three and 
one-half miles northwest of Linton. He has one hun- 
dred acres of well improved land, richly underlaid with 
deposits of coal, which will undoubtedly be worked to its 
fullest possibility in the future. Although considerable 
time is devoted to his official duties, Mr. Shields spends 
all the time necessar>^ in keeping his fann up to the 
standard of the good fanns in that localitv, being re- 


garded as one of the most progressive men in the town- 
ship. Fraternally our subject is a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge at Linton. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. Mrs. Shields is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church.' 


The subject of this sketch has well earned the honor 
to be addressed as one of the progressive, public-spirited 
men of Greene county, since from the beginning of his 
career he has been actively engaged in promoting impor- 
tant enterprises, besides laboring for the welfare of his 
community in other lines of endeavor, the meantime se- 
curing for himself the comforts of life and home and an 
ample competence for his declining years. 

Mr. Beasley is a native of the county where he has 
elected to remain, making it the field of his life work, hav- 
ing been bom in Stockton township, June 2, 1854. a son 
of Alexander Beasley, a hardy Tennesseean who came to 
Indiana when a young man, first casting his fortune 
with the Hoosiers in Lawrence county, then removing to 
Stockton township, Greene county. The elder Beasley 
was a prosperous farmer, which occupation he indus- 
triously pursued up to the time of his death in 1890. 
The mother of our subject was Frances (Nimrod) Beas- 
ley, a native of North Carolina. Although twelve chil- 
dren, an equal number of boys and girls constituted the 
Beasley family, ten of whom are now living, in 1908, these 



children received the best liome training- and careful 
discipline possible, their home environment having always 
bear wholesome and uplifting-, which fact has largely at- 
tributed to the praiseworthy moulding of their subse- 
quent characters. The subject's devoted and estimable 
mother was called from her earthly labors in Stockton 
township, in 1884. The Beasley family is regarded as 
constituting one of the most substantial and best known 
in Greene county, and it forms a conspicuous part in the 
history of the various communities. 

The subject of this sketch was united in marriage 
with Rebecca Moss, the refined and accomplished daugh- 
ter of William G. Moss, of Stockton township, the wed- 
ding occurring August 14, 1873. Two children born 
to this union, after cheering the home circle for a brief 
time, were taken from it by the hand of death early in 

The boyhood life of our subject was not, generically 
considered, unlike in the main, from that of other young 
men of his community, for he attended the neighborhood 
schools and worked about his father's fami as necessity 
demanded, ever evincing a willing-ness to perfomi 
his share of the tasks assigned to him, but he was a good 
student and an industrious and promising boy from the 
start, and took up active farm work early in life and for 
a period of thirty happy and eminently successful years 
lived on the same fan-n in Stockton township. His farm 
was always a model in point of systematic management 
and up-to-date improvement, and much fine stock of va- 
rious kinds was to be found in its fields. 

In 1002 Mr. Beaslev moved to Linton where he 


soon became one of the leading business men, having 
trafficked in real estate principally, but after four success- 
ful years the love of the rural life called him back to 
its free and independait domains and he moved to the 
beautiful suburban home which he now occupies and 
which is one of the most pleasantly situated and most 
admirably kept of any like residence in the county. It 
stands just east of the city beside a natural and inost 
attractive park, known as "Beasley's Park," which is 
frequently used by the public, in fact the city uses it for 
all its- large public events. He is also the owner of many 
substantial business houses and much residence property 
in Linton, which places him among the prosperous and 
influential citizens of that community, where he is ad- 
mired and respected by all for his integrity and well 
ordered life. 


It is not only a pleasure but profitable as well to 
study the life historj' of such a worthy gentleman as he 
whose name foiTiis the heading of this review, for in it 
we find evidaice of traits of character that cannot help 
but make for success in the life of any one who directs 
his efforts, as he has done, along proper paths with persist- 
ency and untiring zeal, toward a worthy goal, and hav- 
ing his concomitant upright principles, which as we shall 
see, have resulted in ultimate triumph. 

August Kramer, while a member of that large class 
of foreign citizens who have benefited Greene countv bv 


tlieir residence, stands in a comparatively small circle of 
those who ha^•e emigrated from his native country — Per- 
sia, where he was born September 15, 1832. the son of 
\\"illiam Kramer, who migrated to America in 1838. 
accompanied by a sister. He was a poor man and selected 
a home and a few years later his family joined him. The 
mother of the subject was Minnie (Gershmier) Kramer, 
who settled in Stockton township where they farmed and 
died, the father having passed away in 1854, at the age 
of fifty-two years, buried in the family cemetery near 
the subject's home, as there was no other cemetery then, 
and where the widowed mother some years later was laid 
to rest, dying at the age of eighty-two years. 

In 1857 our subject was united in marriage with 
Ellen W'essel, who came to this country from Hanover, 
Gemiany, with her mother and two brothers, now de- 
ceased. The following children have been bom to this 
union : Will, a prosperous farmer in Stockton township, 
who is married and has a family of seven children ; Fred, 
who is also a Stockton township fanner; John, a carpen- 
ter, residing at Linton ; Minnie, wife of Carl Beggerman, 
residing near Sandborn, Indiana : Herman, Henry and 
Gerhart are all living at home with their father. 

^Ir. Kramer's indomitable courage is shown from 
the fact that he worked in his native land when a boy, 
for only five dollars a year and clothes. When he landed 
in Greene county he was displeased with the county and 
it was only his poverty which caused him to remain, as he 
did not have a cent. He now owns one hundred and 
eighty acres and has a comfortable home. 

He has won a competenc}' fur himself and famil}- and 


enjoys the honor and esteem of all who know him, being 
a consistent member of the German Refomied church, 
with which the members of his household are also 


One of the best known and most highly esteemed 
German-American citizens of Stockton township and one 
of the most upright of its residents is the gentleman to 
a review of whose life we briefly call the attention of the 
reader, Peter Stockrahm, who can point with pride to the 
fact that he was bom near the far famed "castled Rhine 
river." in Germany, October i6. 1851, having migrated 
two years later with his father to the land of stars and 
stripes, to which he has ever been loyal and which he loves 
equally as well as his fatherland. His parents were Wil- 
liam and Catherine (Smith) Stockrahm, who also had 
two other sons and five daughters whom they brought to 
America. The brothers and sisters of the subject are 
John, a farmer in Wright fownship; Malinda, wife of 
Robert Ellis, of Wright township; Elizabeth, who was 
the wife of John Booker, of Stockton township, is de- 
ceased; Catherine in the widow of John Wees; William 
is a prosperous fanner of Stockton township: Christiana 
Ann is the wife of Alexander Pope; Sophia is the wife of 
Joseph Rector. 

On August 9, 1889, the .subject's father and mother 
' celebrated their golden wedding, the fiftieth anniversary 
of their marriage, at which memorable social event in the 
lives of this family all their children were present. 


Air. Stijckrahm lived with his father until he was 
thirt}--ti\e years old working- on the home place and en- 
joying the association of home, which usually character- 
izes our worthy foreign element, and which is indeed a 
commendable trait. The subject was united in marriage 
with ]\Iiner\-a Kendall on October i6, 1887. the daughter 
of Henry and Mary Kendall, a progressive fanner of 
Stockton township. The subsecjuent married life of this 
couple has been sing^ularly happy and has resulted in the 
accomplishment of praiseworthy tasks which the subject 
could not have achieved alone and unaided. The follow- 
ing children constitute their family : Pansy Ethel. Lillian 
May. wife of Hodson Moss, of Stockton township; Mina 
Pearl. Lula Patsy, Mary Catherine, Lola Flo, Etta Altha, 
Hazel Helaia, Henry and William, twins, died in infancy. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stnckrahm reside about three miles north 
of Linton on a well impnn'ed farm. They have a com- 
fortable home, their residence being cozy and nicely fur- 
nished, surrounded by all the out buildings necessary to 
the successful carrying on of fanning pursuits, and but 
few fanns in the county are any better managed than 
that of the subject, who 'devotes almost his undivided 
attention to its care. 

Fraternally Mr. Stockrahm is a Mason and he and 
his good wife affiliate with the Baptist church. 


Among those men who by their industry and business 
activity have advanced the prosperity and wealth of south- 


em Indiana, the subject of this sketch is prominent. A 
man of forceful individuality and marked acumen, he has 
had the foresight to take advantage of opportunities 
which presented themselves and has successfully con- 
ducted a well regulated farm. 

James A. Bedwell, ex-trustee of Stockton township, 
Greene county, is a native of Sullivan county, this state, 
where he was born October 9, 1855. His father, Elisha 
Bedwell, was also a native of that county, whose parents 
came from Virginia in the pioneer days, being among the 
sturdy people who braved the vicissitudes of the pri- 
meval forests in the Hoosier state when it was in its in- 
fancy. The mother of the subject was, in her maiden- 
hood, Rebecca Jane Corothers, also a native of Sullivan 
county. Both father and mother passed to their reward 
long ago. 

The subject is one of ten children, eight of whom 
are living, and all leading well ordered lives, following 
out the precepts set them by their worthy parents. 

Mr. Bedwell was united in marriage to Martha Pad- 
gett, Februaiy 15, 1874. She is the daughter of Henrj' 
Padgett, a highly respected citizen of Greene county 
where the subject's wife was tern and reared, and where 
she received a fairly good common school education, as 
did also her husband whose schooling was received in 
Sullivan county. No children have been to the subject 
and wife. 

Mr. Bedwell came to Greene county in March. 1874, 
locating on his present farm of two hundred and thirty- 
one acres, four and one-half miles southwest of Linton, 
and he has since that time been regarded as a leading 


farmer and substantial citizen, having improved his farm 
up to the standard of those in this thriving community 
and showing by the careful way in which he has managed 
its* affairs that he is abreast of the times in the matter of 
agricultural pursuits. 

In 1900 Mr. Bedwell was elected by the Democratic 
party, to which he has always been loyal, as trustee of 
Stockton township, and he has made a most efficient and 
praiseworthy ofificial. 

The subject and his wife are held in high esteem by 
all their neighbors and friends in Greene county and 
elsewhere. Mrs. Bedwell is a member ot the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 


The career of the subject of this sketch indicates the 
clear-cut, sane and distinct character, and reviewing the 
same from an unbiased and unprejudiced standpoint, inter- 
pretation follows fact in a straight line of derivation. In 
this work it is consistent that such a review be entered and 
that without the adulation which is sometimes intrinsical- 
ly distasteful to the man as he stands among his fellows. 
The city of Linton naturally takes pride in the work per- 
formed by Mr. Morgan, who has stamped the impress of 
definite accomplishment on the public mind, and, through 
the medium of one of the best local papers in the state, 
has done much to arouse interest in the material ad- 
vancement of the community, to say nnthing of liis in- 


fluence in shaping the pohcies of the party of which his 
journal is a recognized exponent. 

John B. Morgan, editor and proprietor of the Lin- 
ton Weekly Record, is a native of Greene county. In- 
diana, the young-er of two children whose parents, 
Thomas C. and Melissa (McGinnis) Morgan, were both 
born in Clay county, this state, in the year 1848. Thomas 
C. Morgan came to Greene county in 1875 and settled 
near the heart of what is locally known as "Bee Hunters' 
Marsh." in Stockton township, purchasing a portion of 
this swamp land, and, erecting his residence on a small 
hill nearly surrounded by water, at once addressed him- 
self to the task of draining and redeeming his possession. 
By persevering industry he succeeded in finally accom- 
plishing this undertaking, and where erstwhile was only 
a dense, marshy waste is now to be seen one of the finest 
and most productive farms in the township, the soil being 
of great depth and fertility and producing abundantly all 
crops grown in this part of the state. 

On this farm, June 18, 1882, occurred the birth of 
the subject of this review, and amid its environments he 
spent the years of his childhood and youth, assisting his 
father in the fields when old enough to be of seiwice, and 
at intervals prosecuting his studies in the district school 
hard by. His sister, who was his playmate in youth and 
who shared with him the various experiences of rural 
life, grew to young womanhood in due time and left the 
parental roof for a home of her own, becoming the wife 
of Alf M. Beasley, a well known attorney of Linton, a 
sketch of whom appears elsewhere in these pages. The 
mother, a most estimable lady of beautiful character, de- 


parted this life on the first day of October. i8q6. The 
father, one of the substantial citizens of Stockton town- 
ship, is still the occupant of the farm he redeemed under 
such adverse conditions. Although a mere youth at the 
breaking out of the Civil war, he was early fired with 
a patriotic fervor to enter the army and do battle for his 
country, which desire he was finally enabled to gratify. 
When only fifteen years of age he enlisted in Company K, 
One Hundred and Thirty-third Indiana Volunteer Infan- 
tiy, with which he ser\'ed until the close of the war. and 
later joined the Xineteemli i\ iii-:!-; Regiment, with which, 
during the late sixties, lu- \\:i- enL;.i^i.-il in numerous opera- 
tions against the Indiana in Kansas. New ^Mexico and 
other parts of the west. At one time he was a wag"on 
master and conducted wagon trains from Leavenworth to 
Santa Fe. several years before the advent of railroads, 
his western experience both as Indian fighter and freight- 
er being replete with many interesting and some tragic in- 

That young Morgan took advantage of both time 
and opportunity to add to his mental discipline is indi- 
cated by the fact of his having finished the common school 
course and received a certificate of graduation at the early 
age of fourteen, following which he spent three and 
a half years in the Linton high school, the training thus 
received being afterward supplemented by a Inisiness 
course in the Indianapolis Commercial College, where, in 
igoo, he was graduated with honors of his class. \\'hile 
attending the latter institution he was obliged to pay his 
own way as best he could. The limited capital in his 
possession being soon exhausted, he afterward had re- 


course to waiting on tables in restaurants and doing any 
other honorable labor he could find, but he never became 
discouraged, however forbidding- the outlook, as is indi- 
cated by the successful manner in which he finished his 

Air. Alorgan also attended .several normal terms, and, 
receiving a teacher's license, devoted about five years to 
educational work, four of which as principal of the Island 
City school, and during the sessions of 1903 he pursued 
the higher branches of learning in the Indiana State Uni- 
versity. On the establishment of the rural mail delivery 
system he saw an opportunity to make some money han- 
dling private mail boxes, and, devoting his vacations to 
this enterprise, disposed of over five thousand in the 
counties of Greene, Clay and Sullivan during the years 
of 1905, '06 and "07, realizing a handsome profit on his 
time and labor. While thus engaged he was also special 
lairal free delivery agent for the Indianapolis News, 
and in addition to this paper he handled several other 
dailies, taking over three thousand orders in his territory, 
besides acting as circulating manager in Clay City for the 
Brazil Democrat and in the county of Sullivan for the 
Sulli\an Union, meeting with like success in increasing • 
their patronage. 

In May, 1907, Mr. Morgan purchased the Linton 
Record, a weekly Republican organ established in 1896, 
which he has since enlarged and otherwise improved, in- 
creasing the circulation from less than seven hundred to 
considerably in excess of three thousand, also securing 
liberal advertising patronage, and in many other respects 
adding to the value of the property and making the paper 


one of the best local sheets in the country. Mr. Morgan 
has a well-ecjuipped office, in which all kinds of commer- 
cial and job work are done with neatness and dispatch, 
and being- an enterprising business man of progressive 
ideas, it is but reasonable to predict for him a continuance 
of the success which, thus far has signalized his career 
and to anticipate for his paper a still larger growth in 
public favor than it now enjoys. 

Mechanically the Record is a model of typographical 
art and editorially it compai-es favorably with the best 
local papers of southern Indiana, being clean cut and fear- 
less in discussing the issues of the day, loyally true to the 
Republican principles and as a family paper filled with 
the lastest happenings at home and abroad and replete 
with interesting matter for the general reader, its period- 
ical visits are always welcome at the households of nu- 
merous patrons. Through the medium of his paper iNIr. 
Morgan has done much to advance the interests of his 
city and county, and on all laudable enterprises and 
worthy reforms its voice is heard in no uncertain sound, 
being ever on the side of right and an earnest advocate 
of every influence that makes for the social and moral 
welfare of the community. Since his twenty-first year 
Mr. Morgan has been a zealous member of the Masonic 
fraternit}' and is also identified with the Indq^endent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows, in which he holds high rank in both 
subordinate lodge and encampment. He is an influential 
member of the Modem Woodmen of America and the 
Modern Woodmen of the World, having been honored 
with important official positions in both organizations, and 
in religion he subscribes to the Methodist Episcopal creed. 


of which church his motlier was a faithful and consistent 
member. Mr. Morgan has never assumed the duties and 
responsibilities of married life, and supports his state of 
single blessedness with a grace and dignity tliat have won 
many wami friends and made him a general favorite in 
the best society circles of the city in which he resides. 


Our enterprising subject first saw the light of day 
April 25. 1868, in the county where he has always re- 
sided. George \V. Brookshire, his father, was a native of 
the Hoosier state, who passed from his earthly labors 
three months before our subject was born. The mother 
of Mr. Brookshire was, before her marriage, Mar\' Ann 
Rigel, who was born in Ohio, and who now lives on her 
fann in Grant township, three miles north of Lyons. 
Both she and her husband spared no pains in raising their 
children in the paths of duty and rectitude from which 
they have not departed in their later years, which fact 
g-jves the mother great satisfaction and cheer in her de- 
clining age. 

The subject of this sketch was united in marriag-e in 
1893 '^'^'ith Rosetta ^^'inters, daughter of Quince B. and 
Elizabeth ^Vinters, a well known citizen of Stockton 
township. Constituting Mr. Brookshire's family are the 
following children : Francis P., Edith M.. Walter L.. 
Dorris M. 

The subject has devoted his life work to fanning 


with evident success, having always been a hard worker 
and a good manager. He came to Stockton township 
about 1893, when he purchased a farm of eighty acres 
which he sold and bought a like farm near Switz City, 
sold out and came to the fami which he now owns, located 
two miles east of Linton and which is equal to any in his 
neighborhood in point of improvements and the pro- 
ductiveness of its soil, the owner having been a close ob- 
server of the best methods employed by the other agricul- 
turalists of his township, and adopting their plans so far 
as consistent with his own ideas in bringing his place up 
to a high standard of efficiency. Considerable atten- 
tion is devoted by our subject to the care and raising of 
stock which forms year to year no small part of his in- 
come. His barn was destroyed by fire in 1907 and he 
rebuilt the same year. 

Mr. Brookshire is regarded by all who kmiw him 
as an honest, industrious fanner, a substantial citizen and 
a kindly neighbor. Both he and his wife are members 
of the Baptist church and are known among the best 
members of the local congregation. 


One of the most straightforward, energetic and 
successful ag'riculturists of Stockton township is the sub- 
ject, who is thoroug-hly interested in whatever tends to 
promote the welfare of the community, and he has long 
been one of the honored citizens nf Greene county, having 


been bom in Jefferson county, Indiana, July 8, 1855. 
His father was William A. Gillett and his mother was 
Lucy Virginia Comstock before she was married, also a 
native of Virginia. William Gillett came to Greene 
county in i860. He was a plasterer b\- trade, also ga\'e 
some attention to fanning, having successfully followed 
both until his death, which occurred in Fair Play town- 
ship, Februaiy 12, 1876. He was known as a man of 
sterling worth and endeavored to lead a reproachless 

The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the chil- 
dren. The brothers and sisters are, Mrs. Francis N. 
Shilkett, Mrs. Lucella E. Bough, Ulysses G., George R.. 
John C., William H.. Fred — the last three deceased. Lu- 
cian lived on his father's farm assisting in the work on 
the place until he was twenty-two years old, attending the 
common schools in he meantime, receiving a fairly good 
foundation for an education ; then he moved on the Shil- 
kett farm near Switz City, where he remained for two 
years, leaving there to take up his residence on the McCon- 
nell farm, northwest of Switz City, where he also re- 
mained two years when he bought a fann in Smith town- 
ship, northwest of Worthington. He spent four success- 
ful years on this farm ; then he became a citizen of Stock- 
ton township, purchasing- in 1888, the farm of eighty- 
three and one-half acres which is now his home and which 
he has by careful thought and hard work brought up to a 
high standard of efficiency, making it productive and at- 
tractive and causing it to yield a comfortable living. 

Mr. Gillett was united in marriage to Mary J. Gil- 
breath in February 10, 1878. She is the only daughter 


of Da\-id Gilbreath, a highly respected citizen of Stock- 
ton township. This union has been blessed with five chil- 
dren, namely : Anna M., wife of David Rogers, residing 
in Martin county, Indiana; William, David, Clarence, 
Charles and Fred. David, the eldest son is now engaged 
in farming in the new state of Oklahoma. Clarence is 
in Robinson, Illinois, in the concrete business. The two 
younger boys. Charles and Fred, remain at home on the 

Mr. Gillett is a well informed man. having been a 
general reader and close observer, and he takes a heart 
interest in all things pertaining to the public welfare. 
Something of his splendid business and executive ability 
is shown by the fact that he has been selected to perfomi 
the duties of treasurer for the Fanners' Mutual Insur- 
ance Company. Fraternally he is a member of the 
Modem Woodmen of America. Camp X;). 4704, and he 
and his estimable wife are members of the Baptist church. 


The United States can boast of no better or law- 
abiding class of citizens than the great number of Ger- 
mans who have found homes within her borders, none 
more willing to stand by the flag in times of national 
peril than they, and none readier to support her institu- 
tions for the public weal, and among this large and high- 
ly respected class is the subject of this brief sketch, who 
was born in Germany. September 5, 1843. in which 


countiT he spent his childhood in the usual manner of 
assisting his parents in whatever fell to his share of the 
work about the home and attending- the schools in his 
locality. He felt early in life that larger opportunities 
lay across the Atlantic in the "land of the free and the 
home of the brave" for him, and actuated by this belief, 
he was induced to set sail for America in 1863. After 
landing in New York he concluded the interior was 
better suited to his taste and he came to Cincinnati, Ohio, 
where he engaged as a chair maker, having learned some- 
thing of this trade before leaving his native land ; but in 
a few years he heard of the opportunities in agriculture 
that Greene county, Indiana, offered, and he consequently 
g-ave up his work in that city and came to Stockton town- 
ship, settling on a farm of fifty-nine acres where he has 
since resided, having transfonned a practically rough 
piece of land during that time into a farm, and now 
owns seventy-nine acres which compare favorably with 
any in his neig^hborhood. 

The subject's father was Henry Strietelmeier, a 
native of Gennany. The subject's mother passed away 
when he was young, and of the five children bom to his 
father and mother all are now deceased with the excep- 
tion of the subject of this sketch. 

Our subject was united in marriage in 1882 to 
Fredericka Hildedeck, also a native of the fatherland 
across the sea, and their marriage was one of those roman- 
tic kind that never fails to bring subsequent happiness. 
The contracting parties had known each other in their na- 
tive land from childhood, and vowing there that the fates 
should not thwart their life paths, causing them to diverge 


into separate ways, the prospective groom came to Amer- 
ica to get a start in the business world, here to be joined 
by his bride-to-be, who later sailed from her native shores 
for the purpose of meeting the subject in this country, 
where the marriage was solemized. As a result of this 
fortunate union the following children have been bom, 
whose ages in 1908 are here given: Henry W'.. twenty- 
five: William H., twenty-three: Sophia, twenty-two: 
Minnie, nineteen ; Lena, seventeen ; Bertha, fifteen. 

Mr. and Mrs. Strietelmeier are consistent members 
of the Gemian Reformed church at Linton, being gener- 
ally regarded by the congregation as among its most 
worthv members. 


A typical specimen of the splendid German-Ameri- 
can citizens whose sturdy manhood, thrift and industry 
have wrought so much for our country's good, and who 
have ever been among our best class of foreigners, loyal 
and energetic, is the gentleman whose name forms the 
caption of this brief sketch. 

William Bovenschen belongs to the second genera- 
tion of Gemians in this countiy, having been bom in 
Wright township, Greene county. May 2j, 1866. and 
spending his busy and useful life ever since within her 
borders, maintaining that the opportunities offered there 
for an honest and comfortable living could not be sur- 
passed, not only in this state, but nowhere else in the 


Union. He is the son of Didrick and Margaret ( Smith) 
Bovenschen, who emigrated to America from the father- 
land in early life, married and settled in Wright town- 
ship, Greene county, Indiana, where they were soon assim- 
ilated with the population they found there and builded 
a comfortable home. They had twelve children born : 
three sons and two daughters now living. The advan- 
tages and pleasures of his parental home were such that 
our subject did not care to severe his connection with 
it until he was twenty-five years old. at which ag^e he went 
out to battle life alone and with what success he accom- 
plished the feat is attested to by the present prosperity 
which he enjoys and which he has achieved all by his un- 
aided eflfoits, having been compelled to rely upon his own 
decisions for guidance, and his innate ability as an agri- 
culturist, which vocation he has always preferred to fol- 
low, scans to have been on a par with tliat of any other 
citizen of his community. 

The subject has lived for the past si.xteen years on 
his present well kept farm of eighty acres, pleasantly 
situated two miles northeast of Linton, and only a glance 
over this place will show that these years have not been 
given to idleness and inertness, for much careful work 
has evidently been done here by Mr. Bovenschen, so that 
his fami is now quite attractive in every respect, and his 
residence equal to others in the neighborhood. 

On March 26, 1891, our subject was happily mar- 
ried to Sena Heitman, daughter of Henry Heitman, a 
worthy family living in Stockton township, not far 
from the subject's place of residence. The following 
children have been born to this union whose ages in 1908 


are : Anna, sixteen : Grace, thirteen : Helen, eleven : Tres- 
sie. eight; Bemice, six; Ruth, four; \\'ayne, an infant. 

Mr. Bovenschen has the interest of his community 
and county at heart, is a Democrat in politics, being wil- 
ling to give a part of his time to the duties of the advisory 
board of Stockton township, of which he is a member. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bovenschen are members of the Ger- 
man Reformed church. 


The subject of this brief biography is an example of 
what a man can ultimately do in the world of industry 
if he has the right conception of life coupled with a deter- 
mined nature, although his early environments were some- 
what nonconducive to enterprises of great magnitude, 
for Mr. Shai-p was bom of poor parents in a little log- 
cabin in Grant township, Greene county, and he is now 
the owner of a rich farm of sixty-six acres and a com- 
fortable and nicely furnished home. The date of his 
birth occurred on September 26, 1861, his father. Joseph 
R. Sharp, having been a native of Monroe county, In- 
diana, who came to Greene county in the early forties and 
engaged in fahning with reasonable success all his life. 
The mother of the subject was Amanda (Rader) Sharp, 
also a native of Monroe county, and like her husband, 
a type of the sturdy and strictly honest pioneer element. 
George H.. our subject, is one of a family of nine children, 
and his father was als(T a member of a family of nine chil- 


dren. Eight of the children bom to Joseph and Amanda 
Sharp are still living-. They are, Marv- J., the wife of 
Joseph Moyer, residing in Clay county; David O. is a 
resident of the Sun Flower state (Kansas), where he has 
successfully engaged in business for twenty-two years ; 
Belle, the third child in the order of birth, is deceased ; 
Eva is the widow of Samuel Simons; Mattie is the wife 
of Cass Terhune, of Grant township; Louise is the wife 
of Theodore Riley, also of Grant township; Joseph E. 
and William H. reside witii their mother who still lives 
on the old home. Joseph R. Sharp, the father, passed 
away in 1900 after a useful and successful life, conscious 
of the fast that he had done all that could be done to 
train his children in the way they should go and to give 
them a start in life. 

George H. Sharp, our subject, after spending- his 
boyhood days working on the old homestead until he was 
twenty-six years old and attending- the rural schools, 
married October 24, 1887, Jane Nolting, daughter of 
Charles and Minnie Nolting. She was born and reared 
in Stockton township. The home of the subject and wife 
has been made brighter by the birth of the following chil- 
dren : Minnie Amanda, who in 1908, is eighteen years 
old; Claudie Ethel is sixteen; Joseph Earl is fourteen; 
William Lester and Lillie Lessie. twins, are eleven years 

Mr. Sharp mn\'ed on his present farm, located about 
two miles northeast of Linton, immediately after his 
marriage, twenty years ago, and has since resided there. 
This fami consists of sixty-six acres of land that has 
been growing richer from year to year, and in 1905 

erected a comfortable dwelling which is the best in the 
neighborhood, through the skillful management of the 
owner who is familiar with all the details of fertilizing 
his fields by the proper rotation of crops and other 
methods known and employed by the best agriculturists. 
He not only makes a comfortable living off this farm, but 
is able to lay up a competency all the while to insure a life 
of rest and freedom from anxiety in his old days. Mr. 
Shaqj enjoys the reputation oi being scrupulously honest 
in all his dealings. 

Mr. and Mrs. Sharp are members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church in which Mr. Sharp is an official. Po- 
litically he is a Republican. 


One of the most useful' men in Greene county is the 
Rev. Alexander R. Evans, pastor of the First Presby- 
terian church at Linton, who is a native of Scotland, hav- 
ing beai bom in Renfrewshire county May i, 1878. His 
parents were Arthur Benjamin and Edith Evans, of 
Celtic origin. They died when the subject was five years 
old and he was soon afterward brought to Ontario, Can- 
ada, by his elder brother, Arthur Benjamin, where he 
grew to manliood, taking the high school course in Ome- 
mee, Canada. He eiitered Queen's University at King- 
ston City, Ontario, in 1900, and in 1904 completed a full 
four years' course. In that year he went to Louisville, Ken- 
tuckv. and entered the Louisville Theological Seminary. 


where he spent two years. Wliile in college he supplied 
a congregation at Elizabeth, Indiana, spending one year 
in that work. He was called to the pastorate of the First 
Presbyterian church at Linton in March, 1907, in which 
capacity he is now serving ( 1908). This congregation 
embraces one hundred and eight communicants. A hand- 
some church edifice is in course of constrviction, to be 
occupied the latter part of 1908, and to cost twenty-two 
thousand dollars. The present pastor was ven,- active 
in making the new structure a possibility. The Sunday 
school of this church has an enrollment of over one hun- 
dred members. It has a violin class of twenty-two pieces, 
composed of both boys and girls, which adds to the in- 
terest of both the church sei-vices and the Sunday school. 
The youngest member of the class is a lad of but eight 
years. However, he reads music readily. Professor V. 
E. Dillard is the instructor of the class, which is under 
the general management of the pastor. 

Another interesting and helpful dqjartment of the 
church work under Rev. Mr. Evans' supervision is the 
Boys' Brigade, in full uniform, consisting of sixty mem- 
bers, each fourteen years old or under. This organiza- 
tion was established looking to the development both of 
the physical and moral nature of the youth of the church, 
as well as the spiritual side of the members. The boys 
who have affiliated with this society are supplied with 
equipment and are drilled in military tactics. This 
proves to be a very interesting as well as popular feature 
of the church work and the young toys are all enthu- 
siastic over it. The musical class is also a feature of 



very great interest and helpfulness. Coupled with this 
are the Advisory Ladies' Aid Society, the Missionary So- 
ciety, and others of a similar nature. 

Rev. Mr. Evans' church is regarded as one of the 
most modem and most systematically conducted in 
Greene county, and the young pastor is fast winning the 
love and respect of the entire community. 


Among the physicians and surgeons of Greene county 
who have achieved success in their profession and attained 
to more than local distinction is Dr. William R. Cravens, 
of Bloomfield, a man widely and favorably known not 
only for his efficiaicy as a healer, but for his many ad- 
mirable traits of character and sterling qualities of citi- 
zenship as well. Dr. Cravens is a native of Greene coun- 
ty, and the oldest of a family of four children born to 
Samuel C. and Mary L. (Routt) Cravens, the fonner for 
many years one of the representative medical men of 
southern Indiana, but now deceased, the latter still a resi- 
dent of Bloomfield. (See sketch of S. C. Cravens.) 

The subject's birth occurred in Bloomfield on No- 
vember 25, 1868, and he spent his childhood and youth in 
his native city, entering at the proper time the public 
schools, where he pursued his studies until being gradu- 
ated from the local high school in the spring of 1885. 
The training thus received was afterward supplemented 
by a full course in the Indiana State University, from 



which he was graduated with the class of 1890 and sub- 
sequently he took up the study of medicine, becoming a 
student in the Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville. 
Kentucky, where he prosecuted his researches until re- 
ceiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine in the year 
1892. Actuated by a laudable desire to add further to 
his professional discipline, he was afterward graduated 
from the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, in 
Indianapolis, receiving his degree from that institution in 
1896, and still later in 1906, completed a post-graduate 
course in the Polyclinic Medical College and Hospital, 
New York City, thus thoroughly fitting himself for the 
arduous calling to which his energies are being devoted. 
Meanwhile Dr. Cravens entered upon the practice of 
his chosen profession in Bloomfield, and in due time 
forged to the front among the successful physicians and 
surgeons of the city, as was indicated in the rapid growth 
of his professional business. It was while thus en- 
gaged that he acquired the additional standing and ef- 
ficiency by the special courses referred to, and in addi- 
tion to his training in the school he has ever been a close 
student and tireless investigator, keeping abreast of the 
times in all the late researches and discoveries in medical 
science and in close touch with ever}' phase of current 
professional thought. As a physician he ranks with the 
most learned men of his profession in Greene county, and 
his skill as a surgeon has been no less marked, as the 
number and nature of the various operations which he 
has perfonned will sufficiently attest. The doctor's 
trained perceptive faculties enable him readily to apply 
his knowledge obtained from books to the particular cases 


in iiand. and as a result he has ahxady a large and lucra- 
ti\-e practice, which is steadily growing in magnitude and 
importance. His success iinancially has kept pace with 
his professional advancement and he is now comfortably 
situated as concerns material wealth, being the recipient 
of a liberal income and the possessor of means which place 
him amcjng the well-to-do men of his city and county. 

Dr. Cravens holds membership with the Greene Coun- 
ty Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Society, 
the American Medical Association, the Illinois Central 
Railroad Surgeons' Association, and in addition to these 
organizations he is also local surgeon for the Cincinnati, 
Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad Company and the In- 
dianapolis Southern Railroad, besides being the medical 
examiner for several of the leading life insurance com- 
panies doing business in Bloomfield and the contiguous 
territon,'. His fraternal relations are represented by the 
Phi Delta Theta Greek Society, the Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks. Knights of Pythias and the ]\Iod- 
em Woodmen, and in politics he wields strong influence 
for the Democratic party, but never permits political mat- 
ters to interfere with his professional duties. 

On. December 6, 1893, Dr. Cravens was united in 
marriage with Belle Danks, of Patoka, Indiana, daughter 
of the Rev. T. C. Danks. a well-known Methodist divine, 
at one time pastor of the church in Bloomfield. Dr. and 
Mrs. Cravens have one child, a daughter by the name of 
Mary Helen, whose birth occurred on April 26th of the 
year 1897. 

Dr. Cravens possesses a fine personal presence and 
pleasing address, is an affable gentleman friend- 


ships and popularity are only bounded by the limits of his 
acquaintance. Genial and pleasant in manner, with many 
estimable qualities of mind and heart, he has made his 
influence felt in social as well as professional circles, and 
few men of the city in which he resides have more strong- 
ly stamped their individuality upon the community. Pub- 
lic-spirited in the full seijse of the tenn. he lends his aid 
and influence to whatever tends to the betterment of his 
fellow men, and all worthy enterprises and local industries 
have found in him a friend an patron. 


The artistic temperament took possession of Will H. 
Sherwood early in life, and that rare quality, which the 
ancients believed was given only to those favored by the 
gods, has been the dominating factor in his life ever since, 
causing him not only to devote hours to music for pleas- 
ure's sake, but to turn it into more practical use, and he 
is at present a dealer in musical instruments in Linton. 

Mr. Sherwood came from, a family that was music- 
ally inclined. However, his ancestors, of course, did not 
have the opportunity to develop the taste for music that 
he has had, owing to the early days in which they lived 
in this state. He was bom May 29, 1850, in Washing- 
ton county, Indiana, being the eldest of a large family of 
children bom to Benjamin S. and Sarah A. E. (Holmes) 
Sherwood, both natives of \\'ashington countv, Indiana. 


the fomier having been bom in 1827. To this union 
were born the following- children: Will H.. Daniel A.. 
Hugh M., Bettie J., Johnny A., Mary D., James B., Ed- 
ward H., Daniel; Mary and John are deceased. Daniel 
was a lawyer, located at Petersburg, Indiana, who died 
on the threshold of young manhood, with an apparently 
bright future, having been a talented scholar and a young 
man of exemplaiy character. Mar}^ and Johnnie died in 
childhood. The parental family of the subject came to 
Linton in November, 1857, and built a log house about 
a mile east of the town. This was among the first im- 
provements in that vicinity. Benjamin S. Sherwood was 
the first shoemaker in that locality. He followed this 
trade until 1864, when he moved to Linton and engaged 
in the mercantile business. He was also postmaster there 
for several years. He later conducted the hotel that 
stands on the corner of A, Northwest, and Vincennes 
streets, where a hardware store now stands. He dis- 
posed of his hotel in 1886 and built a residence on the 
comer of Vincennes and B street. Northwest, where he 
spent the remaining days of his life, dying there in 1888. 
He was sun-ived by his widow until April 7, 1898. 

Will H. Sherwood grew to man's estate in Linton, 
Lidiana, where he attended the public schools and worked 
a great deal at famiing and hauling goods for his fa- 
ther, working about the store and the hotel. From early 
life he evinced a talent for music. He is self-educated 
and has become veiy proficient on all kinds of musical in- 
struments. He both plays and writes music, and he has 
been a ver\' proficient teacher of the organ, all kinds of 
hand instruments, as well as a teacher of vocal music, 


and he has been engaged in selhng musical instruments 
all his mature years. He was for many years leader of 
the band at Linton, and served as the chorister in the 
churches also for many years. He takes a great interest 
both in church and Sunday school work. 

The subject was married March 12, 1873, to Clara 
E. Story, daughter of James and Serelda Story, an early 
pioneer family in Stockton township, Greene county. The 
subject and wife lived for a time on the farm originally 
owned by Rev. Martin Hale, paternal grandfather of 
Mrs. Sherwood. 

Mr. and Mrs. Shei-wood have had seven children 
bom to them. The eldest is Lomie I., who is married and 
living at Terre Haute. He is a bookkeeper for the Van- 
dalia Coal Company. He served for three years in the 
Twentieth United States Infantry Band in the Philippine 
Islands. Fanny, the subject's second child, is tlie wife 
of George Dye, a miner in Linton. Lexie G. is in high 
school at Linton. These are the living children of the 
subject. They all inherited their father's talent for music 
and are e.xcellent musicians. Dona Ivy and Ollie Marie 
both died in infancy; two twin daughters died unnamed. 
The subject has been a life-long Republican, and he is 
a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife is also 
interested in lodge work. They have three grandchil- 
dren — Corinne M. Sherwood and Edith and Morris Dye. 

The Sherwood family has always been well known 
in the annals of Greene county's history-, and the subject 
and his family are sustaining the traditions of their an- 
cestors with care, and as a result of their consistent lives 
they number their friends by the scores. 



One of the business men of Linton who was attracted 
to that rapidly growing- Httle city by its excellent advan- 
tages early in its boom days was Andrew J. Myers, who 
has made a. success in business there and who was bom 
near Salem. \\'ashington county, Indiana, Februai'y 27, 
1867, the son of David B. and Mary Ann ( Proe) Myers, 
both natives of Washington county. The former en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits and spent the major part 
of his life in \\'ashington and Daviess counties. Both 
of the subject's parents died in 1887, his' mother on Jan- 
uaiy 27th and his father May 17th. They were both 
in their fifty-fourth year. They had a family of eight 
children, all of whom were sons, four of whom are liv- 
ing. The two eldest, W'illiam and Milton, died in child- 
hood ; Cornelius died in 1906, having been choked to 
death at the age of fifty years. He left a family of eight 
children. Solomon died in Xew XMiatcom, Washington, 
where he was proprietor of a hotel. He i^ survived b)- a 
widow, but no children were boni to them. John S. is 
the proprietor of the cafe at the New Linton Hotel. Mar- 
cus L. is the owner of a barber business in Tuscola, Illi- 
nois. Andrew J., the subject of this sketch. Jack is a 
barber employed in business at Linton with the subject. 
He is married and has two sons. 

The subject has been in Linton since December, 
1887, and has beai engaged in the barber business since 
1883, having learned his trade in Daviess county^ Indi- 
ana. He has a finely equipped shop, operating four 
chairs, and he is generally conceded to stand at the head 
of the barber business in Linton. 


The subject was married November 2^. 1889. to 
Lennie Cravens, a daughter of John L. Cravens, o£ Lin- 
ton. Guy. a son, was born to this union, wlio is now Hv- 
ing- in Linton, being a grown young" man. Ij^ren was 
bum to tlie subject's second marriage. The subject and 
wife are members of the Christian church. PoHtically 
he is a Democrat and an influential local politician. He 
was the choice of his party for the office of trustee of 
Stockton township. He belongs to the following social 
and beneficent societies : Knights of Pythias. Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the 
World. He has been clerk of the local organization of 
the last named lodge since its organization five years 
ago. He also belongs to the Woodmen Circle, an in- 
surance organization in connection with the Woodmen 
of the World. 

Mr. Myers has been veiy successful in his business 
and he owns the building in which his shop is located ; 
also a good residence. The shop is located at 7,2 South 
Main street, in a brick building specially fitted up for his 
business, with bath services; also a laundry agency run 
in connection with the shop. Mr. Myers is well known 
about town and he has a host of friends in Linton and 


The people who redeemed Greene county from the 
wilderness were hardy sons of the soil who hesitated at 
no difficulty and for whom hardships had little to appall, 


and tlieir efficient efforts have been fully appreciated by 
those who came at a later period and builded on the f(iun- 
dation which they laid so broad and deep. Among; the 
latter class is the prominent fanner and merchant by 
whose name this article is introduced. 

Charles F. Heim is a native of Erie, P«in.sylvania, 
where he was bom August 19. 1858. His parents, Wil- 
liam C. and Louisa (Heyer) Heim, were of sterling Ger- 
man stock and possessed of all those admirable traits of 
character which have made these people forerunners in 
many of the most important lines of the world's activities. 
They both came to America from Gennany about 1852 
and married in Pennsylvania, coming to Indiana about 
1864. The father of the subject was one of that loyal 
class of foreigners wdio espoused the cause of the Union 
and fought as gallantly for the stars and stripes as they 
would have foug'ht under the banners of their own fa- 
therland. He was a sergeant in Company A, Seventh 
Regiment, New York Volunteer Infanti-y. He died in 
a hospital in Philadelphia before hostilities ceased. Mrs. 
Heim then married M. E. Philip. The subject was left 
a small boy by his parents and he was reared by his step- 
father, Mr. Philip. In 1880 he came from Brown county 
to Greene county, Indiana, settling at Marco. The fol- 
lowing April he opened up a little restaurant, which 
gradually grew in importance under his skillful man- 
agement until it became a large establishment. Mr. Heim 
had only three hundred dollars to invest when he first 
started in business in Marco. Now his splendid stock of 
goods is valued at four thousand dollars. He made all 
this unaided, besides getting possession of a very fine 


fami of one hundred and eighty acres adjoining Marco, 
for which he has refused one hundred dollars per acre. 
It is well improved and well managed and is a veiy desir- 
able piece of property. He is a breeder of Berkshire 
swine and White Plymouth Rock chickens. No man of 
small business capacity could have accomplished what 
Mr. Heim has, starting from the small beginning which 
he was compelled to do. He successfully manages his 
farm in connection with his store. 

Our subject was married in 1882 to Belle Harvey, 
who was born in Morgan county, August i, 1865. They 
have three sons, all living. They are Charles, Ray and 
Claude. Charles F. Heim & Son is the fimi name of the 
business which Mr. Heim and his eldest son conduct in 
Marco. The subject is a Republican, but he has never 
taken an active part in politics. Fraternally Mr. Heim 
is a member of the Lyons Masonic Lodge, No. 634, and 
Linton Chapter, No. 132, Indianapolis Consistory, hav- 
ing reached the thirty-second degree in his work in Ma- 
sonry. He is also a member of Knights of Pythias Lodge, 
No. 312, at Marco. Mr. Heim is regarded as a man of 
sound judgment and he is highly respected for his hon- 
esty and industry by all who know him. 

(By G. W. F.) 

The subject of this biographical review seems to the 
riter to be a near relative whom he had lost in the evo- 

lutions of time and considered as dead many long years 
ago. They were schoolmates in childhood, attending the 
same "pioneer" school in northwestern Pennsylvania for 
a period of five years, or from 1854 to 1858, when they 
were separated, and have never heard of each other, by 
tradition or otherwise, until they met in Linton, Indiana, 
exactly fifty years from the day of separation. Each had 
served through the war for the preservation of the Union 
and escaped serious bodily injury; and though widely sep- 
arated, their lives have been similar in many respects. 
John Risher, or "Rasher," as the broad dialect of the lo- 
cality put it in the days of our childhood, was the "chosen 
friend" of the homeles boy who came into the neighbor- 
hood to attend school, and who requited sucb friendship. 
in part, by sharing with "John" his big red apples, then 
a real luxury, even in Pennsylvania. Fifty years ! The 
period of "history-making" in the United States and the 
world. We are proud to know- that we have bome a 
small part, John, in bringing about the grand achieve- 
ments of our countn' during the last half century, and of 
none of these have we any greater reason to be proud 
than the part we bure in the peipetuation of "one country 
and one flag." 

A retrospecti\e view of the past brings to mind the ' 
crude instruments which the people of our childhood days 
were obliged to use in eveiy line of human endeavor. The 
slab benches in the old school house were comfortable, 
because we knew no other ; grandfather's scythe and cra- 
dle were far ahead of his father's sickle, which was de- 
signed to do the same work, and han^esting was an easy 
thing ( ?) after the cradle superseded the grain sickle. 


though the latter was still in use in "our day." We 
knew that electricity sometimes killed people and burned 
property, but we knew of no other uses to which it could 
be "put" or that it could be "manufactured" to supply all 
demands. Steam as a motive power was in its infancy, 
and we looked with awe and fear upon the first railroad 
train which came within our narrow horizon. All the 
means of "rapid" transportation known to us was by way 
of the Erie canal, whose boats, propelled by mule power, 
passed through \\"est Middlesex at the rate of three or 
four miles an hour. Doubtless the sight of a bicycle, 
automobile, flying machine or "merry widow" hat .would 
have driven all the natives to the woods. The telephone, 
electric cars, natural gas as a universal fuel in our im- 
mediate neighborhood (as now) would have driven them 
entirely "through the woods." We will not predict what 
the result would have beai could they have seen a petro- 
leum lamp, or had an opportunity of reading their month- 
ly newspaper by the aid of an electric light. But. John, 
it is impossible to enumerate all the inventions and dis- 
coveries which have enriched the world and benefited 
mankind within the space of fifty years, or to portray the 
utter wretchedness and incapacity of the present genera- 
tion if deprived of them. 

This personal introduction may be permissable in the 
light of the truth that there are hundreds of people now 
living in Greene county whose early experiences were 
similar to our own. If they have all kept pace with the 
rapid march of human events they are well qualified to 
entertain their children's children with the recital of pio- 
neer experiences, always interesting- and instructive to 
the young. 


The subject of this sketch was born iu Armstrong- 
county, Pennsylvania, on tlie 4th day of May, 1844. His 
parents were David and Maria Ann (Cowan) Risher, 
both natives of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. The 
father was born in 1820 and the mother in 1824. David 
Risher spent his early life — i. e., from his sixteenth year 
until 1843 — '1^ boating on the canal between Philadelphia 
and Baltimore. He was married July 3, 1843, in Arm- 
strong county, and about two years later the family resi- 
dence was established at "Risher's Coal Bank," in Mercer 
county, Pennsylvania. For some time after the year 
1843 father Risher was engaged at the blacksmith's trade, 
being an excellent workman in his line. In later life he 
was engaged in blacksmithing, and with his brother, 
J'^'hn Risher. in various aiterprises as coal operators and 
trans])(irtcrs. The firm of Schaeffer, Risher & Company, 
nnncr.s. and a linn under the same tile and composed of 
the same men operated a mine and transportation busi- 
ness at Xewberg, Warrick county, Indiana. Thev- were 
handsomely equipped for their business, and were pros- 
perous for a time, but rival miners nearer the market, to- 
gether with the destruction of a valuable steamer, which 
cost them twenty-seven thousand dollars, drove them out 
of. business. The boilers of this vessel blew up and a 
total loss of boat and equipment was the result. The 
mother of the subject of this sketch died near Middlesex, 
Mercer county, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1869. Fa- 
ther survived her nearly twenty years, and died at What 
Cheer, Iowa, July 24, 1888. These were the parents of 
seven sons and two daughters, all of whom are now liv- 
ing. The eldest of the family is John Wesley, the sub- 


ject of this article; James Cowan, the second born, is a 
resident of Nevada, Missouri; George Prosser is a farm- 
er near Linnville, Jasper county, Iowa; Silas C. is su- 
perintendent of the Vandalia mines at Terre Haute, In- 
diana ; Winfield Scott is foreman in a mine, of which his 
brother is superintendent, and lives in Linton ; Mar\- Jane 
is the widow of Frank O'Brien, and lives at Oxford, Ne- 
braska; Alonzo Henderson is in the cold storage and meat 
business at Mystic, Iowa; Elriier Ellsworth is a coal op- 
erator at Boone, Iowa, and Lavona Caroline is the widow 
of Albert Bartmess, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. 

John W. Risher began his independent career as a 
coal miner and has followed mining, either as an owner 
and operator, superintendent for others, or in the ca- 
pacity of a miner, all his life with the exception of two 
years in the mercantile business at Brazil, Indiana. In 
this venture he was doing a good business, and had 
accumulated considerable property. A prolonged min- 
ers' strike necessitated his selling goods on credit, and 
soon the strikers had his goods and he had their worth- 
less accounts, very few of which were ever paid, even 
in part. He lost heavily through this effort to bene- 
fit his fellow man, and retired from business. He 
has operated mines of various capacities and values in 
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Iowa, being 
at times in affluent circumstances, and ag-ain clear down • 
to the foot of the financial ladder. Few men have had 
a wider experience in all phases of coal production, than 
John Risher. He left his native state in 1866, and after 
two years' absence returned to Middlesex and was su- 
perintendent of his uncle's mine. Later he was persuaded 


to go to Athens county, Ohio, and assume a similar posi- 
tion there. From Ohio he came to Brazil, Indiana, as 
previously mentioned, thence to Iowa, and again to In- 
diana, being in business for a time at Clinton. He then 
fonned a partnership with David ^Murray as miners and 
shippers of coal. The story of his experiences there ( at 
Terre Haute) sounds like he may have been made the 
victim of a "salted mine," had he been producing gold 
instead of coal. At all events, the mine proved worth- 
less, after investing heavily in equipment and attaining 
fairly good results for a time. He came to Linton in the 
spring of 1897, and has been a resident of this city since. 

Mr. Risher was a member of Company A. Fifty- 
eighth Pennsylvania Militia, for ninety days during the 
year 1862, this organization being later merged into the 
Sixth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, and he was assigned 
to Company I. With this organization he served until 
the close of the war, being discharged June 15, 1865, at 
Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia. The services were largely 
confined to the defense of Washington during the more 
aggressive movements at the front. He is a pensioner 
by reason of disability incurred in the army. 

The subject of this article was married January 2^. 
1872, at Sharon, Pennsylvania, the lady of his choice 
being Leah Martin, a native of Tnmibull county, Ohio, 
and a daughter of Henry and Marv- Martin, who later 
were residents of Sharon, Pennsylvania. 

This happy and most congenial union has been 
blessed with four childrai, the eldest of whom. Pearl 
Genoa, born December 21, 1872, died at What Cheer, 
Iowa, September 12, 1886; Silas Vesuvius is superintend- 


ent of the Vandalia mines at Brazil, Indiana. He wedded 
Catherine Fuller and their little son. Charles Wesley, is 
the only grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Risher. It is 
scarcely necessary to add that "little Charlie" has only to 
command and the world is his if within the power of the 
Risher family to gratify his wishes. Mary Idella is the 
wife of J. Walter Baird. a practicing attorney at Muncie, 
Indiana. The youngest of the family is John Austin, a 
young man of seventeen, now wrestling with the intri- 
cate "machinery" of the Linton high school. Incidentally 
he is serving an apprenticeship at tha printer's trade, his 
leisure hours and holidays being spent under the tuition 
of Ben Morgan, of the Linton Record. 

Comrade Risher has always taken great interest in 
the welfare of his late comrades in arms, and is a very 
zealous worker and the principal officer in Lieutenant 
Yakey Post, No. 192, Grand Anny of the Republic. He 
is now sen-ing the fifth tenn as commander of this post. 
His estimable wife is also an active member of the Wo- 
man's Relief Corps in connection with the same post. 
They are also both members of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows and Free and Accepted Masons fraternities, 
the lady, of course, being restricted to the Order of the 
Eastern Star and Daughters of Rebekah. of which the 
husband is a member. Being united in the temporal af- 
fairs of life, it is but natural that this unity of sentiment 
should extend to the spiritual side of their sojourn to- 
gether, hence the religious home of the family is the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 

In closing this rather lengthy sketch we trust that 
neither the parties directly concerned nor the disinterested 


reader will consider the writer presumptuous in making 
personal references to himself and the subject of the 
sketch, for he has no other means of impressing upon 
his childhood companion and his worthy family the great 
pleasure which he feels in again being, evai temporarily, 
in touch with him. To know that he is alive and well, 
the head of a happy, loving family, congenialK- mated 
and reasonably prosperous, is joy inexpressible. 


The worthy and influential gentleman whose name 
appears above was born in Greene county, Februan,' 26, 
185 1, the son of John H. and Elizabeth (Stalcup) Dixson, 
and received his early education in the public schools of 
this county, working on his father's fami until he was 
twenty-three years old, when he bought a small farm, 
the old homestead of his Grandfather Stalcup, which he 
operated for two years and sold, later moving to Iowa, 
where he rented a faiTn for one year, then in 1877 he 
moved to Kansas and bought four hundred acres of land, 
partly improved. Remaining on this farm for a period 
of twenty-four years, he sold out and moved back to 
Greene county, Indiana, having inherited and purchased 
two hundred acres of bottom land on the White river, 
and he also bought three hundred and twenty acres of 
hill land, all of which was improved. In about three 
years he sold the later fann and bought one hundred 
acres, where he has since resided, still owning the bottom 


land. The new farm is prairie land, well improved, and 
upon it has been built a comfortable residence and con- 
venient out-buildings ; most of the fencing being of woven 
and barbed wire. He carries on a general farming busi- 
ness, feeds hogs and cattle and sells small grains, renting 
the major part of the tillable land out. He raises com 
for the most part, however he grows large crops of wheat 
and oats. His is one of Greene county's model fanns. 

Mr. Dixson was married October 6, 1874, to Sarah 
Jane Owen, daughter of Armstead and Lucinda (Danely) 
Owen, both natives of Indiana. Grandfather Owen was 
a native of North Carolina, who came to Greene county, 
Indiana, and entered land. John Hunter Owen, grand- 
father of the wife of the subject, was the son of John 
Thomas Owen, who came to America from England 
with the army of General Cornwallis and surrendered at 
Yorktown. He was born in 1784 and died in 1834. The 
fomier, J. H. Owen, settled in Greene county, Indiana. 
Mrs. Dixson's father, Armstead Owen, was the youngest 
son. He was bom Januaiy 16, 1825, and died January 
29, 1870. He inherited a part of the old homestead 
which was entered from the government by Mrs. Dixson's 
grandfather, John Hunter Owen. Mrs. Dixson and the 
other two children were born on this farm. She attended 
the public schools in the winter and the subscription 
schools in the summer, later attending the graded schools 
in Bloomfield; also went to school at Franklin, Indiana. 
She was the oldest in her father's family. ^laiy E. Owen, 
the wife of J. A. Wood, is living in New Mexico. She 
attended DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana. She 
has two children, Owen L., a draughtsman in the employ 


of the government at Raio, Nevada, is a graduate of the 
Rose Polytechnic School at Terre Haute. Her sec- 
ond child, Laura W., is now (1908) in college at Ottawa, 
Kansas. Hugh A. Owen, brother of the subject's wife, 
graduated in the class of 1908 in Chicago University. 
He has one son, George B., who was born in 1905. Two 
children have been born to the subject and wife — Clay- 
ton C. died in infancy, Mary^ M., who was born in 1880, 
living at home. Mrs. Dixsnn's people were Baptists, but 
she has joined her husband in the Christian church. 
Solomon P. Dixson is a Republican. His daughter at- 
tended Butler University and is active in Sunday school 
work in the Christian church, being a teacher and doing 
excellent work widi her students. 

The family of Solomon and Sarah Dixsun, grand- 
parents of the subject of this sketch, lived in Virginia and 
consisted of seven sons and three daughters, namely : 
Samuel, who came to Indiana and died in Greene county. 
August 30, 1820. aged fifty-three years: Solomon was 
bom in 1771 and died in 1824. Both he and Samuel re- 
mained unmarried. Joseph died at his residence in 
Greene county. He was married in Georgia to Mary 
Hurd, an aunt of Jemima Dixson. of Roseville, Illinois. 
The fonner died in Indiana. Henn,- married in Georgia. 
His wife was a step-sister of Mar\- Hurd. He died in 
Tennessee. Eli was bom in Virginia, near the Blue 
Ridge mountains in 1769, and came to Indiana in 1806. 
Stephen, the seventh son of Solomon and Sarah Dixson, 
was killed by Indians during the war of 181 2, -while 
boarding with a family near Kirk's Prairie, Indiana. The 
man of the house and Stephen were away from home 


when the Indians came and touk the family, three Indians 
staying behind to wait for the men. Stephen came home 
first and the Indians came from their hiding place and 
killed him, hanging his body near the door where the 
owner of the home found it when he rturned. The 
daughters of Solomon and Sarah Dixson were Ruth, 
Sarah and Elizabeth. 

Eli Dixson was born in 1769 in \'irginia. near the 
Blue Ridge mountains, and he emigrated to Georgia 
where the city of Augusta now stands. He was married 
to Rebecca Hart in 1799 and moved to Preble county, 
Ohio, in 1806. settling' in Dixson's township, where he 
remained for twelve years, during which time he cleared 
a farm and e.xercised a great influence in settling the 
neighborhood. He moved to Smith township, Greene 
county, Indiana, where he bought a farm and improved, 
it. He was noted for his liberality and benevolence in 
helping all who were in need. He ser\-ed two terms in 
the state legislature from Greene, Putnam and Owen 
counties, and his successful life closed March 9, 1836. 

Rebecca, the wife of Eli Dixson, w^as the daughter 
of Isaac and Hester Hart, born near Augusta, Georgia, 
September 2, 1779, and died October i, 1852. She had 
four brothers, William, Isaac, Thomas and Phineas. She 
also had two half-brothers, Amos and Jerry. She had a 
half-sister, who married a Mr. Jones. William died in 
Georgia. Isaac and Thomas died in Preble county, Ohio. 
Phineas died in Peoria county, Illinois. Her mother, 
half-brother and sister emigrated to Michigan in an early 
day. Eli and Rebecca (Hart) Dixson's family consisted 
of eight sons and three daughters, namely : Samuel, 


Sarah, Solomon, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Eli, Stephen, Phin- 
eas, William and Prior. Samuel was born in 1800 and 
died in 1844. Sarah was bom in 1801 and died in 1839. 
Solomon was bom in 1803 and died in 185 1. Elizabeth 
lived three years. Rebecca was bom in 1807 and died 
in 1834. Eli was bom in 1811 and died in 1857. Stephen 
was bom in 1817 and died in 1879. John was born in 
181 6 and died in 1890. William was bom in 1822 and 
died in 1870. Prior died when twenty-seven years old. 

Ancestors of the subject's mother, the Stalcups, 
came to Indiana in an early day and have been prominent 
factors in the history of the southern part of the state 
ever since. They were natives of Tennessee, who came 
to Greene county, Indiana, and entered government land, 
where they raised cotton and flax on the ground where 
the city of Worthington now stands. One of the Stal- 
cup women lived to be one hundred and fifteen years old. 
All the Stalcup family are very long-lived people. 

Thus it will be seen by this review that our subject 
is a member of an unusually, meritorious family, and that 
he is well worthy to bear the honored name of his 


:Mrs. Alary E. Brewer, widow of John \\'. Brewer,' 
was born in Sullivan c<nmty, Indiana, August 25, 1842, 
the daughter of James M. and IMargaret A. (Hinkle) 
Enochs. The latter was a native of Kentucky, who was 
brought to Greene county by her parents when six months 


old. Tlie former was a native of North Carolina, who 
was nine years old when he was brotight to Kentucky by 
his parents, who later moved to Sullivan county, Indiana, 
livings there the remainder of their lives, having been con- 
sistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. 
Enochs' earthly career ended April 14, 1894. having- sur- 
vived his wife seven years. 

Mrs. Brewer, our subject, was reared on a farm and 
attended the common schools, securing a fairly generous 
education. She was united in marriage October 27, 1885, 
to John W. Brewer, and they immediately moved on a 
splendid fami in Stafford township, on which our sub- 
ject still resides and which has been so skillfully man- 
aged that it has always been very productive. It con- 
sists of one hundred and two acres. She rents the land 
but keeps some good stock. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer never 
had any children. September 7, 1895. Mr. Brewer's 
spirit passed into the "silent land" after a busy and hon- 
orable career. He was a member of the Baptist church, 
in which he always took a delight, and his political in- 
clinations were always with the Democrats. However, 
he was not an active worker in his party. Our subject 
was Mr. Brewer's second wife. He raised one daughter, 
Martha A., by his first wife. This child is now the wife 
of Charles B. Heim, of Marco, Indiana. 

Mrs. Brewer is a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, her membership being at Stafford chapel. She 
is regarded as a lady of estimable traits, having a kind 
and generous disposition, according to her neighbors, 
and she is much liked and highly respected by all who 
know her. 



This honored and stalwart German-American came 
direct from the fatherland, where he was bom at Han- 
over, Gemiany, October 24, 1843, being one of nine chil- 
dren Ixirn to Herman and Elizabeth (Angelbeck) Brede- 
weg-. The father was a highly skilled and industrious 
carpenter and builder of more than local repute. The 
other children of this worthy family were: Elizabeth. 
Mary and Annie, living, and Herman, Fritz. Minnie, 
\\'illiam and another son, also name<l William, all de- 

Henry G. Bredeweg left Gemiany for Holland in 
the early sixties, where he engaged in the mercantile busi- 
ness for two years, after which he returned to Germany 
and was ilrafted for military service, and elected to come 
to America, where he believed greater opportunities 
awaited him, landing in New York on the day that our 
martyred President, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated. 
He came to Stockton township, Greene county, and has 
since lived continuously, with the exception of a short 
time spent in a neighboring state, in the community 
wherein he first settled, having not only been eminently 
successful in his vocation, but at the same time establish- 
ing a reputation among the citizens of Greene county for 
sturdy industry and honesty. He first sought and found 
work as a farm hand, working for Dr. Sherwood for one 
year. Then he went to Illinois and worked for two years, 
l)ut still claiming Stockton township as his hom^, where 
he returned and, having been frugal and prosperous, pur- 
chased a fnrty-acre fami about two and one-half miles 


north of Linton. By industiT and close application to 
business he has since been able to add to this original 
farm, until he now has a fine place of one hundred and 
forty-six acres. His land is all well improved and on it 
he has erected a splendid and comfortable residence. As 
a careful and industrious farmer he is not surpassed in 
Greene county, having well understood from the first the 
nature of our soils and what grains were best adapted 
for them and how best to rotate crops. 

Our subject was married in 1872 to Elizabeth Hase- 
man, of Stockton township, the daughter of Detrick 
Haseman. Five chidlren have been born to this union, 
all living in this township and all favorably known for 
their honesty and industiT. The children of the subject 
and wife are: John, Lizzie. William, Herbert and Her- 
man. The subject and his good wife worship at the 
German Refomied church. Mr. Bredeweg hasi never re- 
turned to the land of his birth, being contented to spend 
his declining years in the shade of his own "vine and fig- 
tree" in the land of his adoption, where he can honestly 
enjoy the respite from a life of hard endeavor and the 
well earned fruits of his earlv toils. 


By his own unaided efforts the gentleman wlmse rec- 
ord we now examine has worked his way from a modest 
beginning to a position of prosperty and influence, and 
the systematic and honest methods he has em])loyed have 


won liini the unbounded confidence of his fehow citizens 
in Stali'ord township, Greene county, Indiana, and. hav- 
ing such a splendid start at such an early age, the future 
of his career is most flattering. David O. Squire first 
saw the light of day August i, 1870, in Wright town- 
ship, this county, being the son of Nathan and Sarah C. 
(Bonhani) Squire, the former a native of Columbus, 
Ohio, but who has been in Greene county, Indiana, since 
1859, now living in Stafford township, where he is known 
as an active worker in politics. 

In 1878 our subject came with his parents to Staf- 
ford township, and has remained here since that time, re- 
ceiving a common school education and starting on his 
business career early in life, in which he has always pros- 
pered. He now has a fine farm of one hundred and sixty 
acres, partly in Stafford and partly in Washington town- 
ships, and he also owns and operates a saw-mill and an 
up-to-date threshing outfit. Although these require a 
great deal of his time, he devotes all the attention possi- 
ble to his fami, which is well improved and successfully 
managed in every respect, and is worth one hundred dol- 
lars per acre. He also owns an interest in five hundred 
acres of land in Morgan county, which is heavily tim- 

Mr. Squire has had a vast experience in the timber 
business and he has made most of his property by buy- 
ing and sawing timber. He has a beautiful residence of 
ten, rooms, thoroughly up-to-date and beautiful sur- 

The subject's wife was Sarah E. Haywood, a wo- 
man of splendid traits, who has borne him four promising 
children, namelv; Nathan E., Walter, Myrtle and Pearl. 


Mr. Squire is a Republican in political belief and he 
formerly took an active part in local politics and became 
quite popular with his fellow voters in the Republican 
party, having been nominated and elected county com- 
missioner in 1903. After ser\'ing very successfully one 
term he refused a second nomination, which his party 
was anxious to have him accept. He also refused the 
nomination for county treasurer. 

Mr. Squire stands in the front rank of Greene coun- 
ty's honorable and industrious citizens, and he has won 
the highest respect from all his acquaintances owing to 
his well ordered life. 


The family to which the subject of this sketch be- 
longS' is widely known throughout Greene county, where 
it has been represented for many years and the reputa- 
tions of its various members for honorable manhood and 
womanhood and sterling citizenship is second to that of 
no other family in this part of the state. C. M. D. Parks, 
the subject's father, was bom in Coshocton county, Ohio, 
in 1830. married there when a young man Mary E. Rich- 
creek, whose birth occurred in 1830 in Virginia, and in 
1856 moved to Greene county, Indiana, locating on a 
farm in Wright township, where he still lives, Mrs. Parks 
having died in March of the year 1905. All of the eight 
children bom to this couple are living, their names be- 



ing as follows: Almeda J., wife of William Daugherty, 
of Wright township: Mrs. Hannah C. Ricketts lives in 
that township also, as does Mrs. Miranda E. Moss; James 
P., the fourth in order of birth, resides at Evansville, In- 
diana : William L. is the fifth of the family, after whom 
Climes Charles P., a painter of Wright township; Mary 
P., \vhi> married Henry Houghten, and Lewis A., an em- 
ploye of the Atlas mine, in which he holds the position 
of checkman. C. M. D. Parks was a member of the In- 
diana militia during the Civil war and sei^ved in various 
capacities throughout the state under the direction of 
Governor Morton. He has long been one of the repre- 
sentative agriculturists of the township of Wright and is 
now living in honorable retirement, being the possessor 
of a sufficiency of this world's goods to make him in- 

William L. Parks first saw the light of day on the 
family homestead July 29, 1863, and grew to mature years 
familiar with all the details of farm life. His educational 
discipline embraced the common school branches, and he 
began his independent career as a fanner, to which hon- 
orable calling he devoted his attention for about twenty 
years, in the meantime becoming Cjuite skilled as a cabinet 
maker,, his father having carried on that line of mechan- 
ical work for some years at the home place. In the year 
1882 Mr. Parks established himself in carriage build- 
ing and repairing at Linton and has continued the same 
to the present time, being now the proprietor of a large 
and thoroughly equipped establishment, in which all kinds 
of work in his line is done with neatness and dispatch, 
confining himself to the carriage industiy in its every 


detail. His business lias grown steadily in volume and 
the high reputation of the vehicles which he turns out, 
together with the superior order of workmanship in all 
that he does, has given him wide publicity, and to meet 
the constantly increasing demands on his establishment he 
keeps employed quite a number of mechanics selected with 
especial reference to efficiency and skill. He has achieved 
merited success in the industry- which he has built up, 
and in addition to his large place of business owns a beau- 
tiful home adjoining and is well situated to enjoy the lib- 
eral income of which he is the recipient. 

Mr. Parks! is unswei-ving in all his allegiance to the 
Republican party, and while active and even aggressive 
in upholding its principles, numbers his friends by the 
score, irrespective of political ties, as his election to the 
office of township trustee in 1904 in a township normally 
Democratic by nearly five hundred majority abundantly 
attests, being the only Republican ever elected to that 
office in the township of Stockton. Few men in the 
county enjoy as large a measure of personal popularity 
and none stands any higher than he in the confidence and 
esteem of the public. His voice and influence have ever 
been in favor of progress and improvement, and for 
many years his name has been closely associated with the 
measures and movements having for their object the wel- 
fare of his fellow men. 

In the year 1890 occurred the marriage of Mr. Parks 
and Lorena J. Dowell, daughter of James Lewis Dowel!, 
of Grant township, Greene county. Mrs. Parks' birth- 
place was in Monroe county, of which part of the state 
her family were early pioneers. Mr. and Mrs. Parks 


have five children, namely: Roy D., Wayne, Madalene, 
Bob D. and Mary. The three eldest are pupils in the 
city schools. In their religions faith the subject and 
wife liold to the Methodist creed, being respected mem- 
bers of the church in Linton and active in the various 
lines of good work under the auspices of the same. 

Mrs. Parks' people came originally from North Car- 
olina and, as already indicated, were among the pioneer 
settlers of Monroe count)', where the name Dowell has 
been wideh- and favorably known for many years. Tliey 
have long been noted for physical vigor and longevity, 
the majority of the family having lived to ripe old age, 
an aunt of Mrs. Parks, now living, having reached the 
remarkable age of ninety-eight years and is in full pos- 
session of nearly all of her faculties, physical and mental. 
The father of Mrs. Parks died in this county some years 
agii. her nidther at the present time l.)eing a resident of 


The subject was bom in Fayette county. North Car- 
olina, July 21, 1818, and died near Owensb-urg, Greene 
county, Indiana, July 8, 1907, living nearly eighty-nine 
years. His long life was one of mingled joys and sor- 
rows, but useful and successful, so that he has left his 
family a heritage of which they can justly be proud. He 
was one of the pioneers of Greene county, having come 
there in 1839 when he entered government land, which 
he turned into a desirable farm and built a good home. 


ill which he lived during the remainder of his Hfe. When 
he came to Indiana he walked all the way from his native 
state and carried all his personal effects, and, in fact, all 
the property he had, done up in a bandana handkerchief, 
having followed a wagon across the mountains and as far 
as what is now Indianapolis, where he left his friend and 
came alone from there to the place where he desired to 
locate, having made the trip to Spring\'ille, Indiana, in a 
single day. 

He was married August 27, 1840, to Sophronia 
Lyons, who died March 30, 1888. Seven children were 
born to this union, as follows: Leander P., Nancy A., 
Kate. Richard J., a physician of St. Louis, Missouri ; 
Thomas J. lived on the old homestead and died in early 

The subject and wife united with the Baptist church 
at Springville, Indiana, and were baptized by Elder 
Thomas N. Robinson, shortly afterward transferring 
their membership to Owensburg, and always lived conse- 
crated Christian lives. Mr. Leonard attributed his long 
life and robust health to the regularity of his habits. He 
was prompt and honest in all his dealings with his friends 
and neighbors. He was a staunch Republican in politics 
and voted at eveiy presidential election since 1840. He 
was a great admirer of Lincoln, Grant and McKinley; 
also Roosevelt. Being a great reader, he was always 
better posted on the afifairs of the countrv' in general than 
most men, and he kept especially close to the actions of 
President Roosevelt, keeping in sympathy with all the 
important acts of his remarkable administration. \\'hen 
Mr. Leonard died it was said of him that he left many 
friends, but no enemies. 



Prominent among the pioneer settlers of southern 
Indiana was Moses Ritter, deceased, whose hfe became 
closely identified with the advance of the industrial in- 
terests of the country. He was born in North Carolina 
on September 2, 1797, being the son of James Ritter, a 
farmer and a preacher of the Baptist faith, who ended 
his days in that state, ^^'ha•l Moses was about twenty- 
two years of age he joined the tide of emigration to the 
West and North, coming across the mountains into Ken- 
tucky and thence northward into Indiana. He arrived at 
Salem and became engaged as a mechanic and caq^enter. 
After some time he came to Newberry, Greene county, 
and there started the first dry-goods store that did busi- 
ness in the town. Coming later (in 1850) to Bloomfield, 
he set on foot a plant for the manufacture of wagons 
and cabinet goods. After conducting this for a time he 
entered again into the dr}'-goods business, coupling with 
it the handling of general merchandise. His was a busy 
life, for he let no time pass by unimproved. He kept 
his hands busy as well as his mind, and was enabled to 
see his business ventures attain to material success. 

In the course of time, however, his general health be- 
gan to be impaired, and it soon became evident that he 
would have to relax from active work.- and he accord- 
ingly retired. He passed to his well-deserved rest in 

In 18 19 Mr. Ritter was united in marriage to .-\c!i- 
sah O'Neal, at Salem, Indiana. She was the daughter 
of John and Hepsibah CGilbert) O'Neal, Quakers of the 


purest type, whose home had been in the South, where 
they owned a large plantation. On account of slavery 
they left the South in 1818 and came to Salem, Indiana. 
Later they made their home at Newberry, practically 
founding- that place. Here Mr. O'Neal carried on farm- 
ing and spent the remainder of his days in that vicinity. 
He was a public-spirited man, and his devout tempera- 
ment made a lasting impression on the life of the com- 

Mrs. Ritter sunaved her husband until March 6, 
1873. In their later years the Ritters affiliated with the 
Methodist church. They were the parents of five chil- 
dren — Mary Ann, who was married to William Mason, 
died in the year of her marriage, 1843 ! Hepsibah, bom 
Januaiy 12. 1825. is still living at an advanced age in 
Bloomfield. She was married on March 7, i860, to 
George Grismore, a farmer, who died February 14, 1867. 
Her only son, Bel ton D., died on December 6, 1900; Wil- 
liam D., bom April 7, 1827, a farmer and historical writer 
of known ability in Richland township ; Eliza Ellen, bom 
October 28, 1831, is now living at Bloomfield, having 
married William W. Gainey in April, 1855: Emma R.. 
bom May 24, 1835, now lives in Bloomfield. On June 
25, 1861, she was married to Henry C. Hill, whose biog- 
raphy is in this history. 

Moses Ritter became a member of the Whig party 
upon its organization, and later joined the Republican 
ranks. His life was not all for self, however. He ser\-ed 
at one time as county treasurer, and was for many years 
the justice of the peace. He was a strong temperance ad- 
vocate, and an enthusiastic adherent of the Federal 


Union. While he stood firmly and solidly for such poli- 
cies as he felt were just and right, yet he avoided being: 
a narrow and uncompromising enthusiast. He felt that 
justice is bound to oome to those who desen^e it, and in 
this belief he went calmly forth in the conscientious dis- 
charge of his regular duties. 


Gilbert H. Hendren, journalist, political leader, ed- 
itor and publisher of The Bloomfield Democrat, is a na- 
tive of Franklin county, Ohio, and the only child of 
Lewis C. and Joanna (Dorsey) Hendren. the former born 
in 1832 in Delaware county, that state, the latter in the 
town of Dresden in the year 1833. Hiram Hendren, the 
subject's grandfather, was a man of more than local 
repute in the early histoiy of Ohio, having represented 
the Columbus district in the state legislature and served 
as chairman of the committee on public buildings, besides 
taking an influential part in the general deliberations of 
that body. The great-grandfathers on both sides of the 
family were Revolutionary soldiers, and a large number 
of their descendants and relatives served in the Civil war. 
some in the L^nion army, while others espoused the 
cause of the Confederacy. 

Gilbert H. Hendren was bom March 29, 1857, in 
the town of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and inherits many 
of the traits and characteristics for which his Scotch- 
L-ish and English ancestry were distinguished. After 
finishing the studies constituting the common school 



course he obtained a knowledge of the higher branches 
of learning in a normal school training and later entered 
the Law School at Indianapolis to fit himself for the 
legal profession. He had previously taught several terms 
of school, besides learning telegraphy, which he followed 
for some time, and he also had a business experience in 
the mercantile line prior to 1887. Since 1893 Mr. "Hen- 
dren has loaned insurance companies" money upon im- 
proved famis in Greene county in the aggregate of more 
than two million dollars and never had a foreclosure and 
never lost a dollar for any company. At this time he 
makes almost eighty-five per cent, of all the farm mort- 
gage loans in the county. Mr. Hendren has been called 
to various positions of honor and trust, having sen-ed as 
deputy clerk, Greene county circuit court, three terms as 
chairman of the Democratic county central committee, 
two terms as chaimian of the second congressional dis- 
trict, chairman of speakers' bureau of the state in 1906, 
and first ^■ice-chairman of the state central committee and 
chairman of the speakers' bureau of the state during the 
great Br^-an presidential campaign of 1908, giving to 
the Democratic party the greatest stumping and educa- 
tional campaign in the histoiy of the state, without 
parallel, perhaps, in party annals. 

From the foregoing record it is easily perceived that 
Mr. Hendren is not only an able and judicious cam- 
paigner, but a recognized political leader of rare force and 
discretion, whose influence has been felt in party man- 
agement as well as in the making of platfomis and fomi- 
ulating policies. In the state of Indiana Mr. Biyan has 
no closer political or warmer personal friend, the dis- 
tinguished Nebraskan reposing the utmost confidence in 


the wisdom and sagacity of the Blooinfield editor, to 
whom he is largely indebted for much of his strength and 
popularity in the Hoosier state. 

As editor of The Bloomfield Democrat, usually 
known as "The Democratic Commoner of Indiana," Mr. 
Hendren has been a tower of strength to the cause of 
Democracy, his editorials being clear, logical and trench- 
ant, always carrying weight and inspiring respect, and it 
is doubtful if there is another party organ in the state 
that has gained more publicity or exercised greater 
influence in political circles. In discussing the questions 
and issues of the day, The Democrat takes no half-way 
ground and makes no compromise. Being Democratic 
in all the term implies, it seeks to become a true expo- 
nent of the principles and policies of the party, and that 
it has realized its ideal in this respect is amply proven by 
the high esteem in which the paper is held and the com- 
manding influence it has long exerted. Mr. Hendren has 
made his paper the reflex of current thought not only po- 
litically, but upon all matters of public concern. It is 
a clean, well edited family paper, in which all legitimate 
news, both local and general, finds publicity, and with a 
liberal advertising patronage and a steadily growing list 
of subscribers, it bids fair to continue in the future what 
it has been in the past — an influence for good in direct- 
ing its readers to noble aims and high ideals. 

Mr. Hendren has been identified with the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows for a quarter of a century and 
is active in the deliberations of the Bloomfield lodge, with 
which he holds membership. He also belongs to the In- 
diana Democrat club of Indianapolis, manifests a lively 
interest in behalf of the same, and his counsel and advice 


are listened to with respect by his fehow associates, 
among- whom his popularity is unbounded. 

On April 13, 1881, Mr. Hendren was united in 
marriage with Anna M. Hadley, daug-hter of Jeremiah 
and Eliza E. (McCracken) Hadley, of Mooresville, In- 
diana, the following being the names of the children born 
to the union: Gilbert H., Jr., an attorney practicing his 
profession at Linton ; Alice J., wife of George W. Cant- 
well, of Bloomfield: Seaboni D. is a clerk with the 
American Express Company, Indianapolis: O. Herman, 
advertiser, circulator and manager, Bloomfield Demo- 
crat; William P., bookkeeper and stenographer in the 
same office; Curtis C, Mary M. and Edith, high school 
pupils in the fourth, second and first years, respectively; 
Charity, Robert D. and Marjorie Faith, who are pursuing 
their studies in the lower grades. 


Xo man in Greene county is more widely known 
than the reverendi gentleman whose name appears above, 
and few in the course of a long and strenuous life have 
accomplished so much good for their fellow men or so 
indelibly impressed their individuality upon the public. 
Rev. John Buck, of Linton, for fifty-two years a distin- 
guished minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and a 
citizen of the highest American type, is a native of In- 
diana, boni at Terre Haute, in the county of Vigo, on 
July I ith of the year 1837. His antecedents came to the 
United States from England, in whicli country his fa- 


ther. William Buck, was horn in February. 1808, being 
the son of Jolin Buck, of Leicestersliire. John and Wil- 
liam Buck left their native land about 18 16 to find a home 
in the new world, the latter being eight years of age when 
the family settled in New Jersey. William Buck, Sr., fa- 
ther of John, died in England at the almost unprecedent- 
ed age of one hundred and seven years, the son dying in 
this countiy when sixty-four years old. 

William Buck, the younger, was reared in Xew Jer- 
sey and married in that state in 1830 Pharzina Ruckman, 
who was bom May 9, 1809. her parents belonging to an 
old Jersey family that came originally from Ireland. 

About the year 1834 William Buck moved his fam- 
ily to Indiana and for eleven years thereafter lived at 
Terre Haute, between which place and Chicago he 
freighted goods in an early day, driving overland and ex- 
periencing many vicissitudes as a teamster. Later ( 1845) 
he changed his abode to Greene county, where in due 
time he became a successful fanner and influential man 
of aiifairs, his home place consisting of three hundred 
acres in the western part nf Stockton township, being 
long- considered one of the best improved and most val- 
uable famis in the county. Like a number of his ances- 
tors, he, too, lived to a green old age. dying in 1901 after 
rounding out his ninety-third year, his faithful wife and 
companion preceding him to the grave in the year 1890. 
This worthy couple had nine children, namely : Esther 
Ann, Sarah Elizabeth, Maiy, John \\'., Stephen R.. 
James. Isaac. Susan P. and Mary Ellen, of whom Sarah, 
John W., Susan and Maiy are living. 

After a preliminary discipline in the common schools 
John ^^^ Buck entered Asbury (now DePauw) Univer- 


sity, at Greencastle, where he received a hberal educa- 
tion with tlie object in view of devoting his hfe to the 
noble work of the Christian ministn'. He was reared un- 
der excehent home influences and, with a decided!}^ reh- 
gious environment, it was not long until his life received 
the impetus which in due time led him to the sphere of 
usefulness in which his talents have been exercised to 
such good advantage and in which he has achieved so 
many beneficent results for humanity. Mr. Buck began 
the active work of the ministiy in 1857, receiving at the 
age of twenty a quarterly conference license and being 
assigned a circuit of which Linton was the largest and 
most important point. He continued the itinerarj' dur- 
ing the next fifteen years, and while thus engaged min- 
istered to various circuits of central and southwestern In- 
diana, his labors being ver>' acceptable and fruitful of 
good results. Under his able preaching and efficient 
management the cause of Methodism in his various ju- 
risdictions was greatly strengthened, new congregations 
were organized, and through his influence many souls 
were won to the higher life. At the expiration of the pe- 
riod mentioned Mr. Buck retired from the itinerary field 
to take charge of local congregations, and for the last 
thirty-one years he has devoted his attention to this class 
of work, serving during the interim a number of strong 
churches in different parts of the countrj- and building up 
the cause among various weak' congregations, besides es- 
tablishing churches and classes in communities destitute 
of religious influences. He collected the funds and built 
seventeen church edifices, and all were paid for before 
the dav of dedication. Nearly six thousand members 


were added to the church under his preaching. In all 
he has rounded out fifty-two years in his sacred calling, 
the amount of good accomplished through his efforts be- 
ing incalculable and only to be made known when the 
"books are finally opened" and every man rewarded ac- 
cording to his deserts. In addition to his ministerial 
duties, Mr. Buck at one period of his life taught several 
tenrijs of school, devoting portions of five continuous 
_years to educatiDnal work, and during the early part of 
his ministry he li\-ed on and managed a farm. On re- 
tiring from regular ministerial labor he moved to his 
farm in Greene county and lived on the same until 1893, 
since which time he has been a resident of Linton, where 
he owns a comfortable home, in which he proposes to 
pass the closing years of a well spent life. 

On the breaking out of the war between the states 
Mr. Buck was among the first men of Greene county to 
tender his ser\'ices to the government, enlisting July 13, 
1861. in Company D, Twenty-first Indiana Infantry, with 
which he served until October 13th of the following year, 
in the meantime taking part in a number of battles, in- 
cluding the action at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he 
received the injuries which necessitated his retirement 
from the anny at the time indicated. 

Like all public-spirited and enterprising men. ]\Ir. 
Buck takes an abiding interest in politics, and for a num- 
ber of years he was earnest in hisi support of the Repub- 
lican party. While still a Republican as far as the basic 
principles of the party is concerned, of recent years he 
has inclined somewhat toward Prohibition, believing the 
liquor traftic to be the crying curse of the times, an ulcer- 


ous plague spot on the body politic, to be gotten rid of 
only by the most drastic measures, which means the ab- 
solute prohibition of the manufacture and sale of all kinds 
of intoxicants. In 1903 he was appointed to the office 
of justice of the peace and has discharged the duties of 
the position ever since, his court being one of the most 
popular of the kind in the county, but few of his deci- 
sions suffering re\'ersal at the hands of higher tribunals. 
He is an active worker in the Masonic Brotherhood and 
the Independent Order of Good Templars, and for sev- 
eral years he has held the position of chaplain in Lieuten- 
ant Yakey Post, No. 19, Grand Anny of the Republic, 
at Linton. 

Mr. Buck's domestic life dates from i860, on June 
loth of which year was solemnized the ceremony which 
united him and Mary Lay in the bonds of holy wedlock. 
Mrs. Buck is a native of Grant county, Indiana, where 
her parents, John W. and Clarissa (Bradfield) Lay, re- 
sided for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Buck are the par- 
ents of six children, whose names are as follows : Mag- 
gie J., Dollie A., Triphena T., Clarissa P., Mollie F. and 
Ada P., four of whom are living, to-wit: Mrs. Maggie 
Brown, of Indianapolis: Triphena: Clarissa, wife of E. 
L. Twing, an attorney of Toledo, Ohio, and Ada, now 
Mrs. Oliver E. Glenn, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Nine 
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Edgar B. 
Allen and his sister Ada, have been members of Mr. 
Buck's family since the death of their mother, Mollie F. 
Allen, who departed this life February 17, 1903, their 
ages being fifteen and thirteen years, respectively. 

In many respects Mr. Buck has been and is still a 


remarkable man. Notwithstanding his long and stren- 
uous life, filled to repletion with good to his fellow men, 
he is remarkably well preserved and full of vigor, car- 
rying the weight of his seventy-one years with the ease 
and equanimity of one of half his age. Indeed, he is 
one of the youngest old men to be met with in any part 
of the Hoosier state, retaining the full possession of his 
faculties, physical and mental, keeping in close touch with 
the times and familiar with the leading questions of the 
day, besides mingling with the young people of the city, 
taking part in their pastimes and sports and sympathiz- 
ing with them in their troubles, fancied or real. Al- 
though active all of his life and a diligent worker in his 
various spheres of endeavor, he has also been a lover of 
innocent amusements and a willing participant in the 
same, which fact accounts for much of his popularity 
among the people with whom he mingles. As an evi- 
dence of his faith in himself and belief that his labors 
are by no means ended, Mr. Buck, on the 3d day of 
March. 1908, was admitted to the Greene county bar, 
being the oldest man ever admitted to the practice of law 
in the county, and it is doubtful if in the entire state 
there can be found a parallel instance. That he may be 
successful in the legal profession is the earnest desire of 
his numerous friends and acquaintances, and that he will 
be few doubt. 


The subject of this article, one of the prominent and 
well known law}-ers of Greene county. Indiana, was bom 


on a farm not many miles distant from his present home, 
and has been a resident of this county all his life, his 
birth occurring on the 15th of July, 1869, he being a son 
of John and Sarah (Crum) ]\IcIntosh. The father is de- 
scended from the same family as William J. Mcintosh, 
whose sketch appears in this volume. The father of the 
subject and his four living sons were all born in High- 
land township, the former on the loth of Februar\-, 1834. 
He was a successful farmer, and never engaged in any 
other business pursuit. He was a soldier during the Civil 
war, as were three of his brothers — Thomas, Perrv- C. 
and William — the first and last named having lost their 
lives in the service, or as a result of it. 

The paternal grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch was Joseph Mcintosh, a native of Bath county, 
Kentucky, who came to Indiana in 1821 in company with 
his father's family, and located near Old Point Com- 
merce, on the east side of White river near the mouth of 
Eel river. The tradition is silent as to the number of 
souls who made this hazardous voyage, but it is under- 
stood that the father, mother and several sons embarked 
in a "pirogue" on the Licking river in Kaitucky, floated 
down that river to the Ohio, thence down that stream to 
the mouth of the Wabash, up the latter by "poling," and 
continued on up the White river to their destination, as 
designated above. Grandfather's wife was a Miss Todd, 
a cousin of Abraham Lincoln's wife. She was of Ger- 
man and Scotch lineage, and the Mclntoshes are pure 
Scotch. The family in America are no doubt of the same 
lineage as General Mcintosh, of Revolutionary fame. He 
was later a congressman from Georgia. It is a deplor- 



able fact that, until within recent years, no effort has been 
made to preserve or verify American genealogy, and the 
best informed people are as ignorant of their ancestry as 
are the uneducated. 

In later life John Mcintosh, the subject's fat'her, pur- 
chased his old parental homestead in Highland township, 
and he died in Beech Creek township on the 19th of April, 
1900. His wife, Sarah Crum, was bom in Franklin 
township, Owen county, Indiana, March 3, 1835. and 
died the same month and day as her husband, just twenty- 
seven years previously. 

These were the parents of five children, one of whom 
died in infancy, and the others are all living. The eldest 
of the family is Perry A., a farmer and builder, now liv- 
ing at Worthington, this county: John W. is a veterinan' 
surgeon in practice at A^ilas, Owen county; Samuel X., 
twin brother of Daniel A\'., is a merchant and postmaster 
at Vilas. He was a teacher for a number of years in 
young manhood. A noticeable characteristic in his fam- 
ily is the fact that none of the four brothers weighs less 
than two hundred pounds, and one weighs two hundred 
and sixty. All except Daniel are over six feet in height, 
and he is five feet eleven and one-half inches. The fam- 
ily are proverbially Democrats in political preferences, 
and were Missionary Baptists from time immemorial. 
The subject of this article sustains his religious affiliations 
with New Hope church, the religious home of his par- 
ents, in Franklin township, Owen county. He was edu- 
cated in the common schools of his native county and at 
normal schools, where he prepared for teaching. Like 
many other young men, he made the teaching profession 


a Stepping stone to other professional attainments. He 
was employed as a teacher for several years, during which 
time he prosecuted the preliminary studies in law under 
the tuition of Hon. Cyms E. Davis, of Bloomfield. This 
preliminary work gave him a credit of eighteen months 
at the Indiana Law School, Indianapolis, where he re- 
mained one-half year, though he was in practice following 
this two and one-half years before entering Indianapolis 
College of Law. Completing his college course he was 
admitted to the bar in 1895. and located in Linton for the 
practice of law on the 12th of August, 1899. In October 
following that date he was appointed deputy prosecuting 
attorney of Greene county, and sei-ved two years and two 
months in that capacity, whai the term of his principal 
expired. During this period of two years in the prose- 
cutor's office Linton became a city, and Mr. Mcintosh 
was elected city attorney and assisted in organizing the 
city government under the new regime, holding both of- 
fices. He was re-elected city attorney, but by reason of 
a temporary breakdown in health he was obliged to re- 
sign the honors thus conferred. He was out of practice 
about a year and a half, during which time he returned 
to college, and was graduated in June. 1903. Returning 
to practice, he was again elected city attorney, and served 
in all five years in that office. 

Mr. Mcintosh was married September 19, 1906. 
when Nellie J. Matthews became his wife. She is a 
daughter of John P. and Sarah Matthews, of Hanover 
township, Jefferson county. Indiana. She is a lady of 
education and refinement, and was a teacher in her na- 
tive county for several years. For three years previous 


to her marriage she was employed as a teacher in the city 
schools of Linton, and hei^e is where her acquaintance 
was formed, ilrs. Mcintosh was educated at the Val- 
paraiso Nonnal School. 

A little mite of humanity came to bless this happy 
union on the 30th day of October, 1907, and little Sarah 
Xellie has become a permanent fixture in the domestic 
circle. To her is entrusted the perpetuation of the ma- 
ternal names of two generations and three families. Mrs. 
^Iclntosh is a member of the United Presbyterian church 
and of various social and literary societies. The family 
sustains high social relations in the city of their adop- 
tion, and Mr. Mcintosh has attained high standing in his 
profession. He is a genial and pleasant gentleman, a fimi 
Ijeliever in the future of Linton, and public-spirited 
enough to assist in every way possible in bringing about 
the future greatness of his native county. Of the frater- 
nal societies he is an Odd Fellow, holding his member- 
ship in Newark Lodge, No. 467, his old home of boy- 
hood davs. 


William Coleman, the present ellicient chief of po- 
lice of Linton, was appointed to the force in 1906, and 
has served as chief since that time. Mr. Coleman is fre- 
quently highly spoken of in connection with his office, 
and the present peaceful condition of the city is largely 
due to his untiring watchfulness. He came to this place 
from W'orthington. Indiana, where he held a similar po- 


sition for seven years. He achieved marked success in a 
business capacity as a butcher, working for more than 
twenty years at that trade, which he learned in his native 
town, BowHng Greene, Clay county, Indiana, in which 
village he first saw the light of day August 7, i860. Con- 
cerning his ancestry the first known seems to have come 
from Germany. His father and mother lived for many 
years in Miami county, Indiana. His father died many 
years ago in his fifty-sixth year in the house in which 
the subject was bom. The mother now lives with a sis- 
ter, Mrs. Ederly, at Brazil, Indiana. Another sister. 
Mrs. Mary Stewart, also lives in the same town. Mr. 
Coleman is the only son and the oldest member of the 
family. He was united in marriage in 1882 to Susie 
Marley. of Clay City. The result of this union was three 
children, all boys; Hariy, the oldest, died at the age of 
sixteen, in 1898. Onnlle and \\'illie live at home and 
both have lucrative positions with the Linton's Supply 
Company as meat cutters, as well as being trusted with 
much other of the company's business. They are two 
exemplary sons, tnist worthy, having never given their 
parents a moments' worry or uneasiness. A person of 
Mr. Coleman's ambition and energy would soon attract 
the attention of the fraternal world, and so the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows soon appealed to him and 
he first united with the order at Worthington. No. 137. 
transferring his membership to Unity Lodge, Linton, on 
his removal to the latter place, where he soon found room 
to use his fraternal powers, and his fellow members soon 
found a place for his name on their official roster. He is 
now past grand master and representative of the Grand 


Lodge of Indiana from his home lodge. He is also a 
member of the Modem Woodmen of America. 

Mr. Colemaiii is yet in the prime of life, untiring in 
his efforts, and retains the confidence of his fellow towns- 
men, so that the future of his life is full of hope that 
greatcT achiexements are in store for him. 


Lewis ^^■illiam Warner, the subject of this biog- 
raphy, has played well his part as a citizen, his course 
having been characterized by industry, 'a progressive 
spirit and good managemait, also by that broad-minded 
])olic>' whicli takes cognizance of the general as well as 
the individual welfare. Such are the men who are emi- 
nently entitled to representation in a publication of this 
nature, and it is with pleasure that we incorporate a re- 
view.of the life history of the honorable gentleman whose 
name initiates this paragraph. 

Lewis W. W'arner was born in \\'right township. 
Greene county, December 13, 1869, the son of John F. 
Warner, a high-class citizen of Germany, who came to 
America when a young man, settling on a farm in 
Wright township, Greene county. The subject's mother 
was Christinia G. Miller, in her maidenhood a daughter 
of Daniel Miller. She is a native of Germany, where 
she was born August 28, 1843, and represents that 
nobler and sturdier class of citizens from; alien lands 
who have d(^ne so much to uplift the industrial, civic 


and social atmosphere of America. The children of this 
union besides the subject of this sketch are Saloma, liv- 
ing in Chicago; John, living- in Clay City, Indiana; 
George F., living in Chicago; Mary, the wife of Ted 
Salanaki, of Chicago; Christinia, wife of John Hinds, of 
Clay City. Three children died in early life. 

John F. Warner first saw the light in Gennany, 
September 8, 1839, and was brought to America early 
in life and lived on a farm in Wright township, Greaie 
county, Indiana, for some time, later moving to Middle- 
buiy. Clay county, where he was engaged in the retail 
meat business for about three years, making a good liv- 
ing out of this venture, but, believing that better oppor- 
tunities were to be found at Clay City, he moved there- 
to and lived until his death in 1887, leaving behind him 
a clean record and a good name. 

The mother of our subject is making her home 
with her daughter at Clay City. 

Lewis ^\'. Warner, our subject, lived on his father's 
homestead until the death of the latter, when he mar- 
ried Mary A. Sleigle, daughter of Lewis' Sleigle, of Clay 
City, a native of Germany, the wedding ceremony hav- 
ing been solemnized October ig, 1887. One child born 
to this union died in infancy. 

Mr. Warner came to Linton about 1901, having 
been in the employ of J. E. \\'esson in the meat busi- 
ness, where he remained for three years. He then went 
into the meat business for himself on West Vincennes 
street, later removing to North A street, then back to 
West Vincennes street, and in May, 1908, located at 
84 North Main street, his present place of business. He 


has one of the finest equipped meat markets in the state, 
few better or more up-to-date. It represents an invest- 
ment of fourteen thousand dollars, being a model in every 
respect, and was built and arranged under the direction 
iif the subject, who has certainly mastered every detail 
of his line of business, not only knowing all the "ins" 
and "outs" of buying and selling, keeping a fresh stock 
of meats constantly on hand, etc., but he also knows how 
to secure the best trade of the city and surrounding com- 
munity and how to retain it. Since coming to Linton he 
has won recognition as a progressive and substantial 
business man as well as a splendid and highly esteemed 

Hox. willia:\i g. moss. 

•No history ijf Greene county would be complete if 
it did not contain a biographical sketch of the late Hon. 
William G. Moss, who was one of the conspicuous citi- 
zens of Greene county during his long and useful life. 
Mr. Moss was bom in Washington county, Indiana, No- 
vember 19, 1822, and was the fourdi .son in a family of 
fourteen children born to Aquilla and Sarah ( Harrah.) 
Moss, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of 
Kentucky. While the subject of this sketch was but five 
years old his parents moved to Greene county (1822), 
and settled on the "Nine-mile prairie," on the farm now 
belonging to James H. Humphreys. At that time there 
was but one other house in Greene county, west of White 
ri\-er. In this backwoods pioneer cnuntn- as it was at 


that time William G. Moss grew to manhood amid the 
primeval forests. Owing to this fact his schooling was 
limited to a three months' term each year for only a few 
years. He had to walk three miles through the snows 
to an old-fashioned log school house, wanned with a fire- 
place, stick and mud chimney, puncheon benches for seats, 
greased paper for windows, books to correspond and 
teachers no better. The big boys of the school had to cut 
the wood to keep up the fires to keep the house warm. 
Notwithstanding these great disadvantages and limited 
education, Mr. Moss, by gi-eat force of natural ability, 
rose to be one of the leading and most prominent citi- 
zens of Greene county. He was noted from one end of 
the county to the other for his ready wit and great hu- 
mor. Had he have had the advantages of education he 
would have been the equal to Mark Twain as a humorist. 

In 1 84 1 he was married to Jeannette. the daughter 
of Joseph and Mar}- (McBride) Rector, who were na- 
tives, respectively, of Virginia and North Carolina, and 
came to Greene county in 1841. To this union ten chil- 
dren were bom, as follows: Joseph, Sarah M. (now 
Mrs. T. A. Turner), Nathaniel (deceased), Stephen. Bar- 
ney S., Rebecca A. (now Mrs. Alex Beasley). Andrew 
M. (decea.sed), Charles ^I. (deceased). i\Iary E. (now 
Mrs. Josh Neal). and Julia R. (now Airs. George Hum- 

Mr. Moss died January 30, 1899, and his wife fol- 
lowed him to the spirit land Avtgust 7, 1901. 

In politics Mr. Moss was a Democrat and was hon- 
ored by his party by being elected sheriff of Greaie 
county in 1856, re-elected in 1858, elected to represent 


Greene county in the legislature in i860, and in 1864 
was re-elected sheriff of Greene county for the third 
time, heing the only man who ever filled this office three 

Mr. and Airs. :\'[oss were both members of the Bap- 
tist church, and Mr. Moss was a member of the Blue 
Lodge in iNIasonry. During his lifetime he was known 
perhaps to more men in Greene county than any other 
citizen. He was universally loved, respected and hon- 
ored by all who knew him. His sterling, honest, strict 
integrity and genial, jovial disposition, high character as 
a man. a neighbor, a citizen and an official endeared him 
to the hearts of his fellow citizens in stich a way that his 
memory will last as long as they live. 


G instituting- the elements of good citizenship are 
three cardinal virtues — industry, integrity and morality. 
U'ithout tliese plain and simple virtues no man can justly 
claim distinction as a good citizen. 

The subject of this brief review is Joshua B. Curtis, 
of Linton, whose character is typical of the virtues here 
designated. Coming from that great army of toilers who 
represent the brain and sinew of the land, and who, after 
all, constitute the creative capacity and the true man- 
liness and worth of a community, he stands today, by 
dint of his own endeavor, a man of honor and ability 
among his fellow townspeople. 


j\Ir. Curtis was born in Spencer. Owen cuunty, In- 
diana, April 5, 1864. His father, Samuel W. Curtis, 
also a natix'e of Owen county, was a lawyer. His mother 
was Geralda (Campbell) Curtis, a native of Missouri. 
Of seven children born to this union four survive, being 
besides the subject. \\'esley, Jennie and Emma, all of 
whom reside at Brazil, Indiana, where the mother also 
resides, the father having died there in 18S9. 

Joshua B. Curtis attended the common schools when 
a lad and made his home with his father- at Brazil until 
he came to Linton about twenty years ago. He was 
employed 1)}- \'arious coal companies in the capacity of 
an expert blacksmith and machinist, until he established 
his present business of blacksmithing and general re- 
pairing. He is located on A street, southwest, where 
he has a large and well equipped shop, employing several 
helpers. As a skilled and competent workmen he stands 
second to none in his class, and he enjoys a large and 
lucrative trade. 

Mr. Curtis was married in 1898 to Maggie Kieth, 
of Linton, and is the father of two interesting children, 
Leonard, aged nine, and Samuel, aged four. 

His fraternal associations are uniform rank and en- 
dowment rank of the Knights of Pythias, and the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows. He affiliates with 
the Baptist church. 


The fanner who now succeeds possesses much scien- 
tific knowledge concerning the best methods of producing 


crops, the needs of different cereals and of the elements 
which should be found in the soil. Rotation of crops 
is practiced and in carrying on the work today improved 
farm machinery is used which a few decades ago \vas 
totally unknown. Mr. Good is a representative of the 
modem agricultural class of Greene county and, in all 
that he does or participates in he illustrates the broad 
and practical life of the farmer. Although he is yet a 
very young mau he has shown a marked ability in man- 
aging a farm, -and unless something unforeseen inter- 
feres he will be one of the leading agriculturists of the 
county in course of a score of years. 

Charles F. Good was bom in Staft'ord township, 
Greene county, Indiana, November 13, 1878, his worthy 
parents being Jacob and Mary (Ramsey) Good, whose 
home was blessed with six children, four of whom sur- 
vived infancy. They are Charles F., our subject; Wil- 
liam H., a farmer, of Stafford township ; Clara E., wife 
of Oliver Williams, of Stafford township; and Maggie, 
wife of Daniel Page, of Linton. 

The subject spent his boyhood days attending the 
common schools in his native community, having ap- 
plied himself as best he could, and gained a fairly good 
practical education, as any one would soon judge from 
a conversation with him. In the fall of 1900 Mr. Good 
was happily married to Sarah J. Moore, daughter of 
Jesse G. and Sarah J. Moore, who was born and reared 
in Sullivan county. Indiana, where she, also, received a 
serviceable common school education. Two bright chil- 
dren have been born to this union. \'irgil and Pearl. 

The subject took up farming in Sullivan county. 


which he successfully followed for a period of three 
years, but, desiring to return to his native township, and 
believing- that better opportunities existed there than in 
Sullivan county, he returned to his native township and 
bought sixty acres of excellent land, where he now lives 
and successfully farms, raising a diversity of crops and 
fine stock of all kinds, especially Poland China hogs, 
black Polled Angus cattle and other good breeds, as his 
judgment directs. He mined coal one year, then re- 
mained on his farm. 

Mr. Good has traveled considerably, and, being a 
man who observes things, has reaped great good from 
this source. Both he and his wife are much liked by 
their neighbors and are highly respected by all who know 
them. ]\Irs. Good is a member of the Christian church. 


George W. Wells, attorney and counselor at law, 
Linton, is a native of Jackson county, Indiana, and one of 
five children whose parents were John R. and Jane Wells, 
both born in Indiana, the father in Washington county, 
the mother in the county of Jackson. These parents were 
married in Brownstown, Indiana, in 1874, and lived on a 
farm in Jackson county until the father's death, wliich 
occurred on July 2, 1901, at the age of fifty-four years. 
He was the leading agriculturist in the neighborhood in 
which he resided, owned one of the best and most high- 
ly improved farms in the county and achieved signal sue- 


cess in the calling' to which his life and energies had 
been devoted. He was also a man of irreproachable 
character, known and greatly respected, and his death 
was felt as a personal loss in the community where he 
was so highly esteemed. Mrs. Wells, whose birth oc- 
curred in the year 1848, and bore the maiden name of 
.Jane Paris, sui-vives her husband and is living at this 
time on the home farm with her children. The family 
of John R. and Jane Wells consisted of two sons and 
three daughters, the oldest of whom, William, aged 
twenty-nine, is a fanner, having charge of the home 
place and looking after his mother's interests ; George 
\\\, of this review, is the second in order of birth, after 
whom comes Ivy, a stenographer, in the city of In- 
dianapolis : Laura, and Vina, the younger members of 
the circle are still with their mother. 

The Wells family is of German orig-in and was 
first represented in America by immigrants, who settled 
in Pennsylvania at a very early period. The subject's 
grandfather, was bom in that state and lived there until 
about 1835, when he migrated westward to Washing- 
ton county, Indiana, where he met the lady who became 
his wife, removing- shortly after his marriage, to Jackson 
county, which continued to be his home to the end of 
his days. 

William Paris, the father of ?ilrs. John R. \\'ells. 
was one of the pioneers of Clay county. Indiana, sub- 
sequently becoming a resident of Jackson county, where 
the closing j^ears of his life were spent. His wife was Lu- 
cinda Ayers, also a member of a pioneer family of Irish 
extraction. This worthy couple died in the county of 
Jackson and have long slept the sleep of the just in the 


old country' cemetery, where lie the remains of many of 
their erstwhile neighbors and friaids. 

George \\'. Wells first saw the light of day in 
Seymour, Indiana. ]May 12, 1881, and spent his child- 
hood and youth in his native county, entering the pub- 
lic schools, where he received his preliminary educa- 
tional training. Later he attended the Central Normal 
School at Danville, where he took the teacher's course, 
following which he taught two terms of school, and then 
discontinued educational work to devote his attention to 
the legal profession. Mr. Wells began the study of law- 
while engaged in teaching, subsequently continued the 
same in the law department of the Marion Normal Col- 
lege, and in 1903 was admitted to the bars of Jackson 
and Grant counties, entering upon the active practice of 
his profession on that year in the town of Seymour. 
During the ensuing three years he practiced in the courts 
of Jackson and adjacait counties, with steadily increas- 
ing popularity, built up quite a lucrative legal business 
and achieved marked success as a safe and reliable coun- 
selor and judicious practitioner. 

At the expiration of the time indicated Mr. \VelIs 
disposed of his interests at Seymour and sought a more 
inviting field for the exercise of his legal talents in Greene 
county, where since 1906 he has followed his profession 
with signal success, being now recognized as one of the 
leading members of the bar, with a reputation far be- 
yond the limits of his usual field of practice. 

On coming to this county he located at Linton and 
formed a partnership with \\"illiam R. Collins, a well- 
known attorney of the place, the fimi thus constituted 
l.)eing- still in existence and widely known, in legal circles. 


throughout the southern counties of Indiana. Tlieir 
practice, which is general, takes quite a wide range, and 
the firm is retained on one side or the other of nearly 
every important case in the county of Greene, the high 
standing of the subject as a forcible and brilliant advo- 
cate making his sen'ices especially desirable in jury trials. 

\\"hile versed in the basic principles of the law, and 
familiar with the profession in all its bearings, it is 
doubtless his ability in public address that has given 
Mr. Wells much of the prestige he now enjoys. He 
possesses in a marked degree the force, magnitude and 
brilliancy of the finished orator, qualities which seldom 
fail to influence juries, convince courts and sway popular 
assemblages. His power as a master of assemblages has 
made him popular as a political speaker, and his serv- 
ices to be much sought after during campaigns. 

]\Ir. Wells occupies a prominent place in social cir- 
cles. \\'hile ever ready to hearken to his party's call 
and give to it the best services at his command, he has 
never sought official recognition nor aspired to any kind 
of ptiblic honors. 

Fraternally he is a member of Lodge No. 560, Free 
and Accepted Masons and the Woodmen of the World, 
and religiously subscribes to the creed of the United 
Brethren church, with which demonination his parents 
were also identified. 


Charles Gilbert Shaw, a prominent citizen of Lin- 
, was born at Cloverdale, Putnam county, Indiana, 


January 15, 1881. He received a good education, hav- 
ing attended the Cloverdale pubhc schools, Ladoga high 
school, Wabash College, also a business college at Craw- 
fordsville, Indiana, from which institution he graduated, 
having made commendable records in all these schools. 
He is also a graduate of the Southern School of Photog- 
raph}' at ^IcMinnville, Tennessee. He was an able in- 
structor in the last named school for two years, after 
which he attended the art department of Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity, Nashville, Tennessee, for one year. 

Mr. Shaw came to Linton, Indiana, in January, 1906, 
and purchased his present business, the leading photo- 
graph gallen* in that city, and he is generally con- 
ceded to stand at the head of his profession in Greene 
county. He was happily married November 29, 1906, to 
Coralie Graham Maze, daughter of D. R. and Nancy 
(St. Clair) Maze, well-known people of Greencastle, In- 
diana. Mr. Shaw is a Republican and a member of 
the Christian church, also a member of the Odd Fellows, 
and was past grand of Cecelia Lodge, No. 166, at 
Bloomington, Indiana, in which he has always taken 
much interest. 

The father of the subject was Daniel F. Shaw, who 
was born in Cloverdale, Indiana. December 4, 1858; and 
his mother was Frances Utterback, who was bom in the 
same town on December 13, i860. They were married 
in their native town in 1878. Mr. Shaw was a farmer 
at Cloverdale. He is now engaged as engineer at an 
automobile works. Five children were born to them as 
follows : Charles Gilbert, Lyman Edgar, Maiw Helen, 
Daniel F., Jr. One child died in infancy. 



The ancestors of the subject were of Welsh and 
Gennan extraction, who first settled in Ohio, later com- 
ing- to Putnam county, Indiana, in the pioneer days. His 
great-grandfather Shaw secured government land. The 
family is well established and highly respected as far 
back as it can be traced. 


David Dudley Terhune, who is secretary- and treas- 
urer of the Linton Trust Company, and one of the en- 
terprising business men of the city, was born August 29, 
1879, in Boone county, Indiana, the son of Thomas J. 
and May (Kneisell) Terhune, the former a native of 
Greene county and at the present time a praticing 
attorney at Lebanon, Indiana, the latter also of Indiana 

Thomas J. Terhune, son of David and Sarah 
(Nealis) Terhune, was born near Linton, in the year 
1848, and for the last twelve years has been one of the 
leading lawyers of Boone county. (For an account of 
the Terhune genealogy the reader is respectfully re- 
ferred to the biography of D. J. Terhune, which appears 
elsewhere in this volume.) The family of T. J. Ter- 
hune and his wife. May (Kneisell) Terhune, consists of 
three children, of whom David Dudley was the first born, 
the others being" Mrs. Catherine \\'itt, of Thomtown, 
Indiana, and Thomas, who is still with his parents. 

David Dudlev Terhune was reared in his native 


town of Lebanon, received his early educational discipline 
in the schools of the same, and after finishing the high 
school course, became a student at Wabash College, 
where he prosecuted his studies until entering the Uni- 
versity of New York some years later. In the latter in- 
stitution he made substantial progress in the more ad- 
vanced branches of learning, and, retiring therefrom 
with a mind disciplined by critical study, and well forti- 
fied for the course of life he had in view, he embarked 
on the business career to which his energies have since 
been devoted. After engaging in various lines of en- 
terprise and filling positions of honor and trust, he be- 
came identified with the Linton Trust Company, of 
which he was one of the incorporators, and which since 
its organization in 1905 he has served in the two-fold 
capacity of secretary and treasurer, displaying a high 
order of business talent in his dual office and gaining 
the unbounded confidence of his associates and of the 
public. The Linton Trust Company, established in the 
year indicated above, has freely realized the high ex- 
pectations of its founders and is now one of the most 
successful and popular institutions of the kind in the 
states. It is capitalized at twenty-five thousand dollars, 
and under the efficient management of safe and con- 
servative business men, it has steadily gained the favor 
of the public and bids fair to grow to still larger pro- 
portions as the years go by. The official board at the 
present time is composed of the following well-known 
and enterprising business men: W. A. Craig, president; 
D. J. Terhvme, vice president: secretary- and treasurer. 
D. D. Terhune; assistant secretarv. O. J. iMitchell : L. I\I. 


Price, \\'. \'. ^lotlett, Joe Moss and E. L. Wolford. 
witli the officers, constituting the directorate. 

In addition to his connection with the foregoing in- 
stitution Mr. Terhune is identified with several other 
business interests, being secretary and treasurer of the 
Linton Milling Company, assistant secretar\^ and treas- 
urer of the Linton Water Company, treasurer of the 
Home Loan and Savings Association and president of 
the Public Library Board, besides being associated with 
his uncle, D. J. Terhune, in developing mineral lands 
in \;inMU^ pan- .f Imliana and other states, the style 
(It the rmii Ik-iu- TLThune & Terhune. Air. Terhune's 
steady rise in the business world and the number of im- 
portant and far-reaching interests with which he is con- 
nected indicate far more than ordinary powers of mind 
and judgment, and, although a young- man in years, his 
experience has taken a vei-y wide range, and there are 
few who have achieved as great results in a much longer 
life. Socially he occupies a prominent place in the com- 
munity and in matters making for the good of his fel- 
low men find him an earnest advocate and liberal patron. 
His fraternal relations are represented by the Alasonic 
brotherhood and the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, and while in college he became a member of the 
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, with which he is still 

The domestic life of ]\Ir. Terhune dates from 1906, 
on September 4th of which year he was united in the 
bonds of wedlock with Jeanne Petit, daughter of Fred- 
erick and Adele Petit, of New York City, who has pre- 
sente<l him with one son, David Dudley Terhune Jr., 


whose birth occurred Febiaiary 4, 1907. Mr. and Mrs. 
Terhune have a beautiful and commodious home in Lin- 
ton and are highly esteemed by the large circle of friends 
and acquaintances with whom they associate. They sub- 
scribe to the Methodist creed and take an active interest 
in the church at Linton, to which they belong. In politics 
Mr. Terhune pledges allegiance to no particular party, 
being independent in thought and action and casting his 
ballot for such candidates as are qualified for the posi- 
tions to which they aspire, and who merit the support 
thev seek. 


No matter how much natural talent one may have 
it takes close application and persistent effort to suc- 
ceed along any given line. To be an expert steam, gas 
or electric engineer is to be both talented and industrious, 
consequently the subject, of this sketch must rank with 
this class, for there is said to be no better stationary 
engineer in Greene county than he. ^Ir. Smith is a 
native of this county, having been born in Taylor town- 
ship, Februarj' 11, 1864, the son of James T. and Mi- 
nerva (Corbin) Smith, both natives of Martin county. 
Indiana. The father was a farmer all his life, his death 
occurring in 1898. The subject's mother lives among her 
children, principally with the subject. She is the mother 
of the following children : Nettie, the wife of Frank 
Reynolds, of Terre Haute : Annie and Emma, twins, the 
fomier now Mrs. Swain and the latter Mrs. Allen, both 


of W^est Brownsville. Washington county, Pennsyl- 
vania ; Clara, now Mrs. Neely, of Terre Haute : Willard. 
a huckster at Bloomfield; Minnie, the wife of Samuel 
Baker, a druggist, at Bloomfield. The first two children 
born to Mr. and Mrs. James T. Smith died in infancy. 

The subject was educated in the public schools of 
Richland township, where the family moved in his early 
youth. Always manifesting a "bait" for engineering, 
he took up his work early in life, and was employed as 
engineer in a flouring mill for four years, later going to 
Linton, Indiana, where he worked in the mines for a 
time, and he has been hoisting engineer there for the 
past fourteen years, having been in the employ of the 
Summit Coal Company, the Island Coal Company, the 
Victoria Coal Company and the United Fourth Vein 
Coal Company, where he is now employed. 

Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Etta Fitz- 
patrick, a daughter of Henry and Mary Fitzpatrick, en 
October 3, 1885. (A hist.iry of the Fitzpatrick family 
in to be found under the caption "Oscar Fitzpatrick," in 
this work.) Two children have beai bom to the subject 
and wife: Earl F., a student in the Linton high school, 
and Mary, a student in the State University of Indiana, 
in which she is taking a general college course. ]\Iiss 
MaiT is a musician of more than local celebrity. 

Fraternally Mr. Smith is a member of the Knights 
of Pythias and the unifomi rank of the same order ; also 
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and 
the Modem Woodmen of America. He is a good Demo- 
crat and the family belongs to the Christian church. Mr. 
and Mrs. Smith are highly respected by all who know 
them and their children are promising and popular. 



W'illiard Harold Warner, the gentleman to a brief 
review of whose life and characteristics the reader's at- 
tention is herewith directed, is among the representa- 
tive citizens of Linton and he has by his enterprise and 
progressive methods contributed in a material way to the 
advancement of this locality, and during the course of 
an honorable career has been fairly successful in his work 
as a skilled mechanic and is thus well desen'ing of men- 
tion in this volume. 

^Villiard H. Warner was born in Jackson county, Li- 
diana, October 25, 1867, and lived there until he was 
twelve years of age, when he went to work on a farm 
near Elizabethtown, being a youth of unusual grit and 
"sticktoitiveness" and thrown on his own resources early 
in life, and he naturally developed those qualities of forti- 
tude and persistency that make for success when rightly 
applied. His mother, who was kown in maidenhood as 
Ursula Nicholson, died when our subject was fifteen 
years old. 

Mr. \\'arner worked at farming in Bartholomew 
ciiunt\- until he was twenty- four years old. He then 
accepted a position in Lidianapolis as a tin can maker, 
at which he made a success from the first, having re- 
mained in one shop for a period of eight years. He came 
to Linton in 1900 first finding employment with the Lin- 
ton Bottling Works, and in 1903 he established an ice 
cream factory in this city which has ever since been a 
profitable and substantial business, having been built up 
on honesty and industry, thereby gaining the prestige de- 


sired in the business world. It is the only institution of 
its kind in Linton and receives a liberal patronage both 
from the citizens there and surrounding country. This 
enterprise caters exclusively to the wholesale trade, find- 
ing an outlet for its products in all the towns tributary 
to Linton. 

Mr. W'anier was liappily married in 1897 ^o Anna 
Strietelmeier, daughter of Frederick E. Strietelmeier, Sr. 
She was bom in Stocktnn township and has lived there 
practically all her life. 

Four children have added liaiipincs'- t^ the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. Warner, namely: Mary F.. born 
March i, 1900; Laurence G., born March 22, 1902; 
George Norman, born July 23, 1905 : Harold Fred, the 
first born, died July 10, 1899, age ten nmnths and four- 
teen days. 

Mr. ^^'arner is among th;it cla,-> -t deserving citi- 
zens who have worked their own success, receiving aid 
from no ulterior sources, having worked hard since a lad 
of eight years. He is truly a self-made man in the real 
and best sense of that oft abused term. He a li)yal 
member of the Presbyterian chiuxh and is among Lin- 
ton's honored and upright citizens. 


Occupying a conspicuous place among the repre- 
sentative business men of the thriving city of T^inton is 
X^athan G. Dixon, whose important commercial interests 


and successful business career stamp him as a man of 
more than ordinary executive and managerial ability. 

Mr. Dixon is a citizen of Greene county by birth, 
being born in Fair Play township, November 13. 1857. 
His father was Daniel Dixon, a. native of old Kentucky, 
and a prosperous farmer and lumber manufacturer. His 
mother was Mary J. (Walker) Dixon, also a native of 
the Blue Grass state. The elder Dixon came to Greene 
county about the year 1842, when the county was sparse- 
ly settled and wholly undeveloped. He located on a 
farm in Fair Play township, south of Worthington, where 
he continued to reside until his death in 1872. The 
mother passed to her reward fifteen years later, her 
demise being at the old homestead. This union was pro- 
ductive of sixteen children, eleven of whom are num- 
bered among the dead. Those remaining, besides the 
subject of our sketch, are: Anna, wife of H. D. Hunt, 
Linton; Charley Dixon, Linton; Mattie L.. widow of 
George Geckler; Bessie, wife of Harry Hunt, Linton. 

Nathan spent his boyhood on the parental farm, 
attending the common schools until a lad of fifteen, when 
his father's death forced him to abandon further educa- 
tional advantages. His first business venture was en- 
tering the mercantile business, at Dugger. Indiana, in 
1882. This business he successfully conducted there 
until 1892, when he came to Linton, continuing the mer- 
cantile business until tlie year 1904. In the meantime, 
lie had established a successful grain and feed business, 
wliicli he still conducts, devoting a portion of his time to 
this when his other and larger interests permit. 

Mr. Dixon is a director of the First National Bank 


of Linton, of which institution he is one of the largest 
stockholders. He is president of the Bicknell Lumber 
Company, of Bicknell, Indiana, which does an extensive 
wholesale and retail lumber business. He is also presi- 
dent of the Dixon-Miller Compan)-, of Midland, Greene 
county, a corporation doing a general mercantile busi- . 
ness. Besides these important connections, Mr. Dixon is^ 
treasurer of the Linton Investment Company, secretaiy 
of the Linton Improvement Company and resident man- 
ager of the Southern Indiana Building- and Loan Asso- 
ciation. He is also interested in extensive timber land in 
the South, besides having numerous other business inter- 
ests throughout Greene county. 

Ml". Dixon's marriage occurred in 1884, Dollie 
Abrell, becoming his wife. She was a daughter of R. 
T. Abrell, former sheriff of Owen county, Indiana, who 
moved to Fair Play township, Greene county, in the year 
1880. Three children resulted from this union, only one 
of them now living, Reid. age fifteen years. 

The palatial home of the Dixons is on North Main 
street and is one of the finest in the county, being built 
exclusively of Bedford stone. Mr. Dixon's fraternal re- 
lations are the Elks and the Masons, and politically he 
is an unswening Democrat. 


The doctor or dentist who would succeed at his 
profession must possess many qualities not to be gained 


from text and medical books. In analyzing the career 
of the successful practitioner of the healing art it will 
be invariably found to be true that a broad-minded 
sympathy with the suffering and an honest, earnest de- 
sire to aid his afflicted fellow men have gone hand in 
hand with skill and able judgment. The gentleman to 
whom this brief tribute is given fortunately embodies 
these necessary qualifications in a marked degxee. and by 
energy and application to his professional duties is build- 
ing up an enviable reputation and drawing to himself a 
large and remunerative practice. 

Dr. R. R. Keys, who is in active practice at Lin- 
ton, is one of the leading professional men of Greene 
county, having achieved a brilliant reputation while yet 
a young- man, for he was born in 1863 in Gallatin coun- 
ty, Kentucky, the son of William and Elizabeth (Mc- 
Cawley) Keys, the former a native of Ohio and the lat- 
ter of Pennsylvania. William Keys was an expert ma- 
chinist who moved to the Blue Grass state when the 
subject of this sketch was bom, and in 1870 he moved 
with his family to Jefferson county. Indiana, settling on 
a fami, which he successfully maintained up. to the time 
of his death in 1899. His faithful life companion fol- 
lowed him in 1907. Nine children were born to the 
subject's parents, si.x of whom are living in 1908. 

The subject of the sketch remained at the old home- 
stead, assisting with the necessary work about the place 
and attending the common schools until he reached young 
manhood. He first decided to make teaching his life 
work, and taught school in an eminently satisfactory- 
manner for seven years in Jefferson county, gaining a 


reputation as a high-minded and painstaking pedagogue. 
But he had long entertained a desire to become a doc- 
tor of dentistrj', and with this end in view he entered 
the Louisville College of Dentistry in 1891, from which 
he was graduated in the front rank of a large body of 
'-tiKlcnt^ witli high honors in 1893, taking the degree of 
l)Mci(ir Mt Dentistry, after which he immediately began 
the practice of his profession, locating in Walton, Ken- 
tucky, where he secured a fine start and remained until 
1905, when inducements in the thriving city of Linton, 
Indiana, lured him to this place, where he has since made 
his home and gained a large patronage both from tlie city 
and surrounding countiy. 

The doctor was united in marriage in 1897 ^o 
]\Iargaret Linderman, daughter of William Linderman, 
a well-known and substantial citizen of Linton. Their 
union has been blessed with two children, Marian 
Esther and Helen Gertrude. 

Dr. Keys is regarded as standing at the very sum- 
mit of his profession and his ofHce on Main street is 
equipped with every necessary accessory for the success- 
ful practice of modern dentistry. While he does not 
find time to take an active part in local politics the doc- 
tor is nevertheless greatly interested in eveiy movement^ 
that pertains to the welfare of the city of Linton. Some- 
thing- of his high character and standing with the re- 
ligious element of that place is realized when we leani 
that he holds the responsible position of trustee of the 
Presbyterian church and is a zealous worker in church 

Fratemallv Dr. Kevs is affiliated with the Masons 


and the Modern Woodmen and he is regarded as a 
learned and studious gentleman, having a large private 
libraiy, consisting of the best books on the market, those 
best suited to aid him in his professional duties as well 
as those gathered from the best sources in the book world 
for the gratification of his esthetic tastes. 


Many years have elapsed since Samuel A. Maxwell 
came to Greene county. This district was then wild, 
much of its land unclaimed and its resources undeveloped. 
True many courageous frontiersmen had some two 
decades before dared to locate within its borders, but 
the work of progress and improvement remained for 
the future. In the years that have passed since the 
parents of the subject brought him to this county a great 
transformation has been wrought, and in this he has 
held a conspicuous place, bearing his full share of the 
work in developing the county until he is now one of the 
enterprising farmers of this locality. Mr. Maxwell is a 
native of the Tar Heel state (North Carolina) where 
he was bom Januar}- 5, 1840, the son of James and 
Nancy Jane (Delay) Maxwell, both natives of that state, 
where they were married, coming to Lidiana in 1844, 
settling in Greene county, where the mother died ALiy 
12. 1858. Li 1865 the father moved to Missouri, where 
he lived until his death in 1879, having survived his 
wife, since 1858. They were members of the Baptist 


chui'cli. Six cliildren were born to them, four of whom 
are living in igo8. Only one, Samuel A., our subject, 
lives in Greene county, where he assisted his father clear 
the land on which he settled, attending subscription and 
public schools as opportunity aflforded, until he could 
read and write and was enabled to transact all ordinar\- 

Mr. Ma.xwell was united in marriage with Phoebe 
A. Purcell January 5, i860. She was born in Hadden 
township, Sullivan county, Indiana. April 28. 1843, t^^^ 
daughter of Washington Purcell. born in that county 
June 13. 1 82 1. Her mother's name was Charlotte Mor- 
ris, who was born and raised in Stafford township, 
Greene county. Her father come from Virginia, her 
mother from Ohio. The Purcells came from Ireland. 
Mrs. Maxwell recei\-ed a common school education. 
Four children were born to this union, three surviving 
infancy. Florence I., who was born October 14, 1861, is 
the wife of John O. Hungate, of Sandbom, Indiana; 
Christie A., who was bom December 25, 1862, now Mrs. 
Samuel M. Culbertson, living in Linton, Indiana; Char- 
lotte Alice, who was bom December 25, 1867, is a grad- 
uate of the common schools and taught school for some 
time. She is now the wife of John T. Smith and lives in 

Mr. Maxwell, by his thrift and sound business prin- 
ciples, has become the owner of a fine landed estate in 
Stafford township, consisting of two hundred acres, 
worth at least sixty dollars per acre. It is well improved 
and in a high state of cultivation, no pains having been 
spared by the owner to make it rank with the best fanns 


in the township. Mrs. Maxwell's father entered forty 
acres of this fami from the government. She remem- 
bers vev}' vividly the wolves, panthers and other wild 
animals that infested it at that time, as she lived on the 
prairie and participated in the work of growing flax. 
spinning the same into thread and weaving into cloth. 
She well remembers her first calico dress, as all her 
clothing was made at home until she was ten years old. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell are members of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, Stafford Chapel, the fomier hav- 
ing sei"ved as class leader and superintendent of the 
Sunday school. He is a Democrat, but takes no active 
part in political affairs as a rule, although he was assessor 
of Stafford township for five years. Fraternally our 
subject is a member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, at Pleasantville, Indiana, of which he has been 
a member since 1874, ha\ing represented this lodge at 
the grand lodge. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell have justly earned the high 
esteem of their neighbors and triends, by virtue of their 
uprightness and kindness displayed to eveiy one alike. 


Among the prominent citizens of Greene county 
who are well known because of the part they have taken 
in private, public and business life is the gentleman whose 
name appears at the head of this sketch and who is the 
son of Lorenzo Dow and Matilda (Goodman) Brewer, 


ha\ing been born January 19, i860. Tlie Brewer family 
came from Virginia, the subject's father having been 
thirteen years old, having been born in 1816. v^fhen his 
father settled in Stafford township, where Lorenzo 
Brewer spent his life. He was a justice of the peace for 
sixteen years and was a minister of the Baptist church, 
having been ordained at Bethel, but he devoted most of 
his life to farming. However, he did a great deal of 
preaching. He became a very properous man, owning 
two hundred and forty acres of land, and he also had 
(me thousand and live hundred dollars at the time of his 
death, whicli nccurred in 1891, when he had reached the 
age of seventy-live years. His wife was bom in 1818. 
Seven children were born to this union, five of whom 
are living. Joseph I. Brewer, the subject of this sketch, 
worked on his father's farm during the summer months 
and attended the countiy schools in the winter time, dur- 
ing his boyhood, taking a delight in ministering to the 
wants of his aged parents. In 188 1 he was united in mar- 
riage with Jennie E. Trinkle, whose parents, William F. 
and Jemima (Good) Trinkle, were old settlers of Greene 
county. Like her husband, she received a good com- 
mon school education. The following children of the 
subject and wife are all living in 1908: Rosa M., age 
twenty-five; Emma E., who is twenty-three, is a graduate 
of the high school in Knox county and is a student in the 
State Normal in 1908; Gilbert W., who is twenty-one 
years old, is a graduate of the common schools; Nellie 
]\I., who is nineteen years old, is a graduate of the com- 
mon schools; Hallie J. is thirteen years old and Cora 
E. is nine years of ag"e. 


Mr. Brewer has mucli valuable land, having a farm 
of three hundred and twenty-five acres in Greene coun- 
ty and one in Knox county consisting of one hundred 
and twenty-five acres, the total value of both being twen- 
ty-five thousand dollars. About fifty acres of this valu- 
able landed estate was inherited by the subject, the bal- 
ance he has made himself, which fact shows that he is 
not only a man of unusual business ability, but also a 
man of great industry. In connection with looking after 
the agricultural end of his farms, Mr. Brewer handles a 
great deal of stock, sometimes shipping to market and 
often selling to local buyers, and in the handling of 
stock he shows that rare judgment which he has always 
exercised in his other business. He is a Democrat and 
a trustee in the Baptist church at Bethel. 

Mr. Brewer has always maintained a reputation for 
square dealing and upright business principles, and as a 
result he has the unqualified respect of all those living 
in his community. 


Berlin Stafford, the subject of this review, is a 
gentleman of high standing, to whom has not been denied 
a fair measure of success. He is distinctively one of the 
representative citizens of Stafford township, Greene coun- 
ty, Indiana, and has long been recognized as a factor of 
importance in connection with the agricultural interests 
of the county, having been closely connected with the 



material growth and prosperity throughout his long life, 
for he was born here December 15, 1835, the son of Ben- 
jamin and Martha (Ball) Stafford, the fomier having 
been nine years old when he was brought to this county 
from Kentucky by Benjamin Stafford, grandfather of the 
subject, in 18 18, and after whom Stafford township was 
named. Isaiah Ball, the subject's maternal grandfather, 
sei-ved his country as a private in the War of 181 2 and 
died in the army, in which he enlisted from one of the 
southern states. 

Desiring to foster the traditions of his ancestors, 
who were renowned for their patriotic impulses, and not 
being able to overcome the patriotic ardor that he natural- 
ly felt when the dark clouds of rebellion threatened the 
Union, our subject enlisted in Company C, Twenty-first 
Regiment Volunteer Infantry, in July, 1861, sei-ving with 
honor in this company for fifteen months and nine days. 
After he was mustered out he came home in 1864, but 
was drafted in the Ninth Indiana Volunteer Regiment, 
in which he served until the close of the war. He now 
receives a pension of fifteen dollars per month. 

Mr. Stafford was united in marriage in 1866 to 
Sarah F. Brewer, daughter of Aaron Brewer, an old 
settler in Green county, who came here from Virginia. 
Four children have been bom to the subject and wife 
as follows: Martha A., wife of Charles Brewer, has 
three children, Orpha, Ina and Maud ; Robert Lee, a car- 
penter by trade, who lives in Stafford township : Emniett 
is a farmer living in Illinois; Lillie J. is the wife of Joe 
Harris, who lives in Illinois. 

The subject's wife was called to her eternal reward 
on May 3, 1Q04, after a serene and devoted life. 


Mr. Stafford lias a farm of sixty acres whicli has 
been so carefully and skillfully managed that its soil is 
just as rich as it ever was, producing all kinds of grains 
and grasses. The subject has also shown that he under- 
stands the successful handling of stock, and now, in 
the golden evening of his life, he is enjoying the fruits 
of his early toil, spending his days in peace, comfort and 
plenty, being the recipient of the kindly regard of the 
great acquaintance which he can claim, being honored 
for his honest and upright life, which he has been con- 
tented to spend on his native hills. 


Johnson Hill is by profession a teacher, but has 
devoted his later life to agricultural pursuits, having 
early become familiar with the details of farm labor, and 
in the public schools, which he attended as opportunities 
afforded during his minority, later attending the Indiana 
State University for two years, he has received an educa- 
tion which has not only enabled him to transact success- 
fully the duties of an active and progressive life, but 
also to gain popularity as an instructor to the younger 
generations, having taught seven years, part of the time 
in Freelandsville, so that his life has been a twofold suc- 
cess. Johnson Hill first saw the light of day on March 2, 
1845, i" Stafford township, Greene county, where he has 
always preferred to reside. He is the son of John and 
Jane (Johnson) Hill, the former having been born in 


Mainland in 1788. He moved near Bloomfield in 1822, 
settling in the woods in Richland township, and he built 
the first jail in Greene county. He served as treasurer of 
Greene county in the early forties and was township 
trustee. He was a Whig and later a Republican and a 
Baptist. He moved to Stafford township in 1832. where 
he fanned, becoming comfortably situated, and lived until 
•1870, dying at the age of eighty-two. He had been 
three times married. The mother of the subject came 
to Indiana in 181 1 and settled near Carlisle, Sullivan 
county, where she married the subject's father. She is 
now deceased. Seven children were bom to this union, 
four of whom are living, namely: Peter, Abraham L., 
of California; John W., and Johnson, our subject. ]\Ir. 
Hill's great-grandfather, Johnson, was a captain in the 
Rexolutionary Army and the grandfather, Peter Johnson, 
fought in the ^^'ar of 1812. The Johnsons were from 
Virginia and the Hills were of Scotch-Irish descent. 

In 1876 our subject married Margaret A. Ander- 
son, who was called to her reward four years later. Two 
children were born of this union, one sun-iving infancy, 
Hallie, who is now the wife of Charles A. Richardson, 
living in Indianapolis. She attended high school and 
business college. 

Mr. Hill's second marriage was with Emma Louder- 
milk, a native of Sullivan county, Indiana. Three chil- 
dren, two girls and one boy, have been bom to this union ; 
Jennie E., the wife of Oscar L. Lind. living in Stafford 
township. The other children are IMabel, who was nine- 
teen years old in 1908, and John C, who is sixteen. All 
are graduates of the Sandborn high school. 


'Sir. Hill lives on the old homestead, which consists 
of one hundred and twenty acres of rich and well im- 
proved land, which, from year to year yields bounteous 
harvests as the result of the owner's skill in managing the 
crops and keeping the soil from becoming thin. He also 
devotes considerable time to stock i-aising and evinces ex- 
cellent judgment in this line. He is a member of the 
Baptist church at Bethel, a deacon and trustee of the 
same and has served faithfully as Sunday school super- 
intendent. Politically our subject is a stanch Republican 
and takes a great interest in local politics and public af- 
fairs, always ready to lend a hand in ameliorating the 
conditions of his county. He is a notary public, having 
served in this capacity since Thomas A. Hendricks was 
governor. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are spoken of with the 
greatest respect and admiration by all their neighbors. 


It is nil mere assumption that energy and consecu- 
tive application will eventuate in success in nearly every 
instance, and proof is afforded in the case of William 
Good, who is one of the prosperous farmers of Stafford 
township. Greene county, Indiana, where his well im- 
pro\'ed fami received his careful attention from year to 
year. Mr. Good is th&son of Jacob and Mary J. (Ram- 
sey) Good, was born in the township where he now 
resides and where he has always preferred to live, 
January 2;^. 1865. The father of our subject, Jacob 


Good, was bom in \"irginia about 1824. and was brought 
by liis parents to Indiana when he was nine years old, 
settHng in Stafford township. Greene county, where he 
spent his Hfe. George Good, the grandfather of the 
subject, entered land in this township and also spent his 
life here. 

To Jacob Good and wife the following children were 
born: William H.. the subject of this sketch: Maggie 
X.. wife of Dan Page, who lives in Linton, this county; 
Clara E., the wife of Oliver \\'illiains, who lives in Staf- 
ford township: Charles F., who lives in Stafford town- 

\Villiam H. lived on his father's farm, attending 
school during his boyhood days, receiving a fairly good 
education. On March 27, 1884, he Avas united in mar- 
riage to Laura A. Brewer, daughter of Lewis and Nancy 
J. (Dauthit) Brewer. The father of Mrs. Good came 
to this county in 1829 when six years old and lead a 
successful life, dying January 16. 1892. The wife of 
the subject was born May 21, 1864. She applied herself 
well to her text-books and received a good common school 
education. Five children have been born to this union, 
four surviving infancy. They are. Flora, Cora. Lewis, 
and May. Lewis is a graduate of the common schools. 
He has taught several schools in a most satisfacton,' 
manner. He has attended the Marion Normal School. 

The subject and wife are both members of the 
L'nited Brethren church, the libeeal wing of the branch. 
The subject is an active worker in the Democratic party 
and was at one time the candidate for township assessor. 

Although the subject's farm is not yeiy large, it 


is very productive and well improved and is a splendid 
place to live, being well kept and attractively located. 
The subject is a splendid judge of stock and likes good 
horses. Both he and his wife are regarded as among 
the best people in their community, being honest and 
hard workers. 


\\'illiam Heitman, Jr., another repesentative farmer 
and industrious citizen of Stockton township, who is a 
scion of the hardy sons of the German Empire, is the 
genial gentleman whose life history we herewith append 
in brief, to show that his life has been one eminently 
worthy of representation in this volume along with those 
of representative and highest citizenship of Greene coun- 
ty. Mr. Heitman was bom October 4, 1869, the son of 
Henr}' Heitman, a pioneer and highly respected citizen 
of this county, who was also a native of Stockton town- 
ship, having been bom there when this countrv' was 
scarcely more than a wildemess, and who ranks with 
those worthy characters who subdued the wilderness and 
the savage and blazed the way for succeeding genera- 
tions to bless the earth. The mother of our subject was, 
prior to her marriage, Anna Raymaker, whose birth 
occurred on Geniian soil, not having become a resident 
of the land of Stars and Stripes until she was nine years 
old. The other children born to Henry and Anna Heit- 
man were, Henry, Sena, wife of William Bovenschen, a 
fanner, living in Stockton township: Mar\-. wife of 
Isaac Bunch, living at Linton. 



William Heitman, Jr.. was married in April. 1896. 
to Helena Berns, daughter of Jacob Bems, a Stockton 
township faiTner. To this union have been bom the fol- 
lowing children, all of whom are interesting and promis- 
ing: Ethel, Mabel and Clarence. 

The well improved farm of our subject contains 
about one hundred acres, lies two miles south of Linton 
in an excellent farming community, and only a cursory 
glance will show that it ranks with the other fanus in 
that vicinity in point of improvements, cleanliness and 
productiveness, owing to the fact that the subject has 
directed his undivided attention to its fields for a num- 
ber of years, in a manner that could not but elicit praise- 
worthy results, excellent crops being reaped from it 
yearly in proper rotation, leaving the soil not thin and 
in time valueless, but strengthened and enriched owing 
to the skill with which it is tilled. Mr. Heitman also de- 
votes some time to handling stock, which forms iki small 
part of his annual income. 

Mr. Heitman and wife are members of the Gennan 
Refomied church, in which they take considerable in- 
terest and attend as regularly as possible. They are re- 
garded as plain, honest and progressive farm people, 
against whom no one can attach any blame or adverse 
criticism in their dailv walk. 


? medical profession has an able and worthy rep- 
\-e in Linton in the person of the subject. Dr. 


James E. Talbott, whose career lias Ijeeii characterized l^y 
the success and continuous advancement that invariably 
attend the master of his calling. As a physician he has 
won distinction through his devotion to this great profes- 
sion and as a citizen he commands a high degree of confi- 
fidence and esteem in no respect secondary to his pro- 
fessional status. Dr. Talbott is a native of Indiana and 
a son of James and Margaret (Gibbons) Talbott. both 
born in Kentucky. These parents located in Putnam 
county some time prior to the birth of the subject, which 
occurred March 17. 1848. and five days after the latter 
event the mother died, thus depriving the child of a lo\-- 
ing care and tender, guidance which no other earthly 
agency can supply. When but two years old he was 
further bereaved by the death of his father, after which 
he became an inmate of the home of Frank Talbert. with 
whom he remained during the ensuing six years, at the 
expiration of which time he went to live with his brother- 
in-law. Harrison Ferguson, at Bloomfield. Still later the 
lad found a home with another brother-in-law, \\illiam 
P. Stropes, and in this way he grew to young manhood 
without parental influence and a stranger to the loving 
ministrations and beautiful amenities of life which are 
unknown outside the home, where a mother's and father's 
li>ve abound. The doctor has one brother and three sis- 
ters, viz. : Sarah E., wife of ^V. P. Stropes. and Mary C. 
widow of Harrison Ferguson, who died in the army. 
The brother, Nathaniel A., died from the effects of mili- 
tary sen-ice. and Lutitia. deceased, and a half-brother. 
Daniel M. Talbott. now a resident of Earl Park, Indiana. 
Dr. Talbott was a mere lad when taken bv his rela- 


tives in Blnomfield. and spent his early life in that city, 
entering at the proper age the public schools of the same, 
in which he laid the foundation of the solid mental train- 
ing he subsequently received. Actuated by a laudable 
ambition to increase his scholastic knowledge so as to fit 
himself for efficiency in the profession he decided to make 
his life work, he afterward became a student of Hanover 
College, attending" for one year that institution. He 
dien took up the study of medicine at Bloomfield under 
the tutorship of Dr. J. W. Gray, under whose able in- 
struction he prosecuted his researches for a period of 
three years, making substantial progress the mieanwhile. 
In 1870 he entered the Ohio Medical College at Cin- 
cinnati, and, after attending one course of lectures, re- 
turned to Greene county and began the practice of medi- 
cine at Marco, where he remained until the fall of 1874, 
when, feeling the need of a more thorough professional 
jireparatinn. he resumed his studies in the above insti- 
tution and pursued the same until finishing the prescribed 
Cdurse. graduating with the degree of Doctor of Medicine 
the following year. 

Returning to Marco. Dr. Talbott entered with re- 
newed zeal into the practice, and in due time built quite 
an extensive and lucrative professional business, earning 
an honorable reputation as a capable physician, attaining 
worthy prestige among the disciples of the healing art in 
Greene county, besides gaining a warm place in the af- 
fections of the large number of patients whose sufferings 
he alleviated and whose ills and ailments he healed. With 
the \iew of enlarging his s])here of activity in a wider 
and more favorable field, the doctor in i8i-)4 moved to 


Linton, where he lias since remained, liis professional 
business since that time fully meeting his expectations 
and giving him additional repute among the representa- 
tives of his profession in this part of the. state. He has 
labored zealously and effectively and not only gained 
precedence as one of the leading professional men of the 
cit}' in which he practices, but in the domain of citizen- 
ship his standing- is second to that of none of his fellow- 
men, occupying as he does, a conspicuous place in the 
public gaze, and discharging every duty that devolves 
upon him with commendable fidelity. He is a Demo- 
crat in politics, sensed on the local board of pension e.x- 
aminers during the second administration of President 
Cleveland, and as a member of the city council has been 
instrumental in bringing about much important munici- 
pal legislation, besides in various ways taking an active 
interest in furthering the city's development. 

Dr. Talbott is a Mason of high standing and influ- 
ence and is also a leading member of the Pythian lodge 
of Linton. In religious faith he holds to the Methodist 
creed, and. with his wife, is identified with the church in 
Linton and an active participant in the work of the con- 

Dr. Talbott was married on the 12th of August. 
1875. to Ann E. Adamson of Marco. Lidiana. daughter 
of George and Mary (Hunter) Adamson. and is the 
father of five living children, namely: William B.. mar- 
ried and residing in Linton; Edwin R., also a married 
man and by trade a plumber: George M.. who has a 
family, is an engineer employed by the Linton Water 
Works Company : John E. is a medical student at the In- 


diana University, and James E., who is purs 
studies in the schools of Linton. Myrtle, the onl 
ter. died in infancy. 


Joseph \\ ingler was born in A\'ashing"ton county. 
Indiana, December 25, 1839. He is the son of John and 
Nancy (Miller) \Ving-ler, both natives of North Carolina. 
John was the son of Francis, Wingler, a native of North 
Carolina, wh() came to Washington county, Indiana, 
early in the nineteenth century and took up government 
land, which he converted into a farm. Nancy Miller 
was the daughter of Frederick Miller, also of North 
Carolina, who came to Greene county early in the last 
centuiw. where he lived, farmed and died. John was 
a farmer. He and his wife, who were both members of 
the Church of Christ, had thirteen children, as follows : 
Samuel, Franklin, William, Elizabeth, all deceased; Jo- 
seph, the subject of this sketch : John, living in Illi- 
nois ; Francis, living in Washington county, Indiana, and 
Delitha, also living- there; Nancy Jane, deceased: Jacob 
living in Washington county: Isaac, deceased: Eli. living 
in ^^'ashington -county, and Sarah, deceased. 

The subject of this sketch was raised on his father's 
farm and received what education he could in the com- 
mon schools. He remained at home until he enlisted 
March 6, 1862, in Company I. Sixtieth Indiana \''()lun- 
teer Infantry. He was sent from Davis. Indiana, where 


lie enlisted, to Indianapolis, where he guarded prisoners. 
He then went into Kentucky and Virginia, participating 
in the battle of Murfreesboroug-h, Kentucky, where he 
was taken prisoner, but was paroled and later exchanged, 
returning to Kentucky. He was in the siege of Vicks- 
burg ; then was sent to Arkansas Post on the White river, 
where the}- captured a fort with about five thousand 
prisoners. The subject was then taken sick and was 
sent to a hospital, where he remained until discharged 
from sen-ice in May, 1863, at St. Louis, Missouri. His 
disability resulting from lung disease resulted in his dis- 
charge. He returned home and did but little work for 
two years, then he went to fanning in Washington coun- 
ty. Indiana. He came to Greene county, Indiana, in 
1864 and settled in Washington township on the farm 
he now owns. He has one hundred and twenty-seven 
acres, which was covered with timber when he purchased 
it. He drained and cleared it and now has a well im- 
proved fann. 

Mr. \^'ingler married Celia Ann Xewsom in 1867. 
She was bom in Jefferson township, Greene county, and 
was the daughter of Jacob and Delitha (Miller) New- 
som, both natives of North Carolina. They came to 
Greene county when small and married there. They 
farmed there and spent the rest of their lives on the 
place where they first settled, always being regarded as 
good Christians. The Newsom family consisted of 
twelve children, namely : Joseph, who lives in Nebraska ; 
Caroline, deceased ; Celia, wife of the subject ; James, 
Sarah and Thomas, all deceased; Jane, living in Ne- 
braska; Isaac, deceased; John, living in Missouri; Mary, 
deceased ; the two youngest dynig unnamed. 


Joseph Wingler and wife had eight children. They 
were : James, who died in childhood ; Joseph and John, 
who also died early in life; Maiy first married James 
Fuel and they had three children, Ernest, Joseph, Lola. 
All these grandchildren make their home with the sub- 
ject of this sketch. Mary married the second time, her 
last husband being Simmie Marlow. She makes her 
home with her father, Mr. Wingler. Nancy was the 
fifth child of the subject. She died in childhood. Lessie 
and Maude are also deceased. The latter was the wife 
of Jonathan Hinman. She left one child, Lona, who 
lives with her grandparents. Jacob Eli, the youngest of 
the subject's children, is deceased. 

The subject is an independent voter. He and his 
wife are members of the Church of Christ. The fomier 
is a deacon in the church at Mt. Zion. Mr. Wingler is 
engaged in general farming and he raises a good line of 
stock, all that the farm will support. 


The family of which Marion A. Thomas is a rep- 
resentative came to Indiana from Pennsylvania and 
settled originally in Daviess county, where the subject's 
grandfather engaged in carpentry and the construction of 
mills. This ancestor, who was of Welsh descent, was 
born in Pennsylvania in the year 1802, migrated west- 
ward in 1835. and after a residence of some years in 
Daviess county, changed his abode to the county of 


Greene, where his death occurred on January i, 1879. 
In his native state he did a thriving business as a ship 
carpenter and millwright, and after becoming a resident 
of Indiana, followed the latter trade in connection with 
building and also devoted some attention to agriculture. 
He also constructed flat boats in an early day to carry 
produce to New Orleans and intermediate points on the 
Mississippi river and earned wide repute as a skillful 
mechanic. Hs wife, who was Elizabeth Lillie. was born 
December 19, 181 1, near where her parents were very 
early settlers. They, with other pioneers, were frequently 
obliged to take refuge in a block house to escape massacre 
by the Indians, and e.xperienced all the vicissitudes com- 
mon to the perilous times in which they lived. Of the 
five children of this estimable couple, John Thomas, 
whose birth occurred on the 24th of March, 1845, was 
the fourth in number. When a young man, John Thomas 
taught school for some years and later engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits near Newberr\% Greene county, where 
he married and reared a family. The maiden name of 
his wife was Martha J. Benham. She was born May 3, 
1852, the daughter of Israel and Amanda Benham, early 
settlers of Greene county, and departed this life, Septem- 
ber 20, 1892. 

Marion A. Thomas, son of John and Alartha 
Thomas, is a native of Greene county, born on the family 
homestead near Newberry July 17, 1873. He was reared 
to fann labor, and after completing the common school 
course entered the Northern Indiana Normal University 
at Valparaiso, from the commercial department of which 
he was graduated in due time with a creditable record. 


'Sir. Thomas engaged in merchandising at Xewberry and 
cijntinued that line of trade until 1906. when he disposed 
of his stock the better to make the race for county re- 
corder, for which office he was nominated that year by 
the Democratic party. 

Since the above date, ^Nlr. Thomas has devoted his 
attention to the insurance and real estate business at 
Jasonville, in connection with which he also transacts 
the duties of town treasurer, moving to the latter place 
in 1 90 1. He has been a leader of the local Democracy 
for some years. He has filled all the offices in the 
Pythian lodge, to which he belongs, and as a zealous and 
consistent Methodist is active in the various lines of 
church work and an influential member of the congre- 
gation worshiping at Jasonville. 

Mr. Thomas, on April 29, 1899, was united in the 
bunds of wedlock to Pearl Brown (see sketch of Captain 
Bruwn). who has presented him with two childrai, 
Charles M. and Pearl, the fomier born ]\Iay 19, 1902, 
the latter on the 12th of May, 1906. Mrs. Thomas is 
a member of the Christian church. 


Alfred \l. Beasley. attorney at law and one of the 
leading members of the Greene county bar, is a native 
of Martin county, Indiana, and a descendant of Scotch- 
Irish ancestors, who came to this countn,^ from. England 
in colonial times and settled in Vriginia. On the ma- 


ternal side he is of English extraction, antecedents of 
his mother's family having been among the early pioneers 
of North Carolina. Aaron Beasley, subject's father, was 
bom March i, 1831, in Lawrence county, Indiana, and 
married in the year 1852. Rebecca Barnes, whose birth 
occurred on the 15th day of May, 1832, in the county 
of Martin. Having devoted the greater part of his life 
to agricultural pursuits and meeting with success in his 
chosen calling. Aaron Beasley is now living in retire- 
ment at Linton, though still owning the homestead in 
Martin county on which he so long resided. He was a 
loyal L'nion man during the rebellion, an ardent support- 
er of President Lincoln, and sen-ed during the entire 
period of the war as recruiting officer of Martin county. 
Physically incapacitated for militarj' duty, he rendered 
valuable sei"vice to the state and nation by inducing 
others to enter the army, having sent many men to the 
front during his incumbency as recruiting officer. Mrs. 
Beasley died in 1889, the mother of ten children, Alfred 
M. being- the youngest of the number. Winnie, Nancy 
J. and Mahala E. died in infancy. James died at the 
age of thirty-five. John L. is a large farmer and stock- 
raiser of Martin county and trustee of the township in 
which he lives. Rebecca is the wife of Lewis Kail, of 
Lidian Springs, and Aaron Grant, lives in Linton. Wil- 
liam T. is a farmer of Daviess county, this state, and 
George, of Linton, is one of the well-known and pros- 
perous business men of Greene county. 

Alfred M. Beasley was born at Burns City. Martin 
county, on the iSth day of April, 1875. After finish- 
ing the common school branches he entered the State 



Normal School at Terre Haute, with the object in view 
of fitting- himself for teaching, which profession he fol- 
lowed with marked success for a period of seven years. 
Not caring to devote his life to educational work, he dis- 
continued it at the expiration of the time indicated, but 
meanwhile, actuated by a laudable ambition to increase 
his scholastic knowledge, he spent three years in the 
State University, and by this splendid mental discipline, 
laid broad and deep the foundation for his future career 
in one of the most responsible and exacting of the 
learned professions. Having decided to make law his 
life work, he began the study of the same at Bloomfield 
in the office of Cavins and Henderson, and later entered 
the law department of the State University, in order that 
he might prepare himself for the practice of law, where 
he prosecuted his studies and researches until his admis- 
sion to the Greene county bar in 1904, since which time 
he has practiced at Linton, where he has a large and 
lucrative legal business. 

Mr. Beasley entered the law with a mind well forti- 
fied by mental and professional training, and from the 
beginning his practice has grown steadily in volume and 
importance until he now occupies a commanding place 
among the younger members of a bar long noted for 
the high order of its legal talent. He is well versed in 
the principles of jurisprudence, familiar with the methods 
of practice, and, by reason of his familiarity with the 
law, has become a safe and reliable counselor, whose ad- 
vice and opinions are seldom, if ever, at fault, and whose 
painstaking industrs^ and success in prosecuting or de- 
fending causes have gained him an honorable reputation 


and quite an- extensive clientele. At one period he 
weilded an intluence in the field of journalism, having for 
three years edited the Linton Record, during which time 
the paper became ver>' popular and earned for him 
creditable repute as a clear, logical writer of vigorous 
.English, to say nothing of his facile pen and elegant dic- 
tion in treating of the more sentimental subjects. 

In politics Mr. Beasley is strongly Republican. In 
1900 he was nominated for the legislature, but went 
down in defeat with the rest of the ticket, the county 
being at that time Democratic by a very large majority. 
In secret fraternal and benevolent circles he has long been 
quite prominent, especially in Odd Fellowship, being a 
leader in the local lodge to which he belongs, besides 
holding the high office of grand herald of the Grand 
Lodge of Indiana. He has also been prominent in the 
encampment. Rebecca lodge and Court of Honor, hav- 
ing filled the principal chairs in each and contributed 
largely to their growth and success. He holds member- 
ship in the Improved Order of Red Men, the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of 
Eagles, in all of which he has been honored with high 
official stations. 

Mr. Beasley is a married man and the father of 
two living children, who answer to the names of Kern G. 
and Ray M. Mrs. Beasley was formerly Miss Anna 
Gertrude Morgan, daughter of Thomas and Melissa 
Morgan, of Stockton township, the ceremony by which 
her name was changed to the one she now bears having 
been solemnized on August 31st of the year 1901, and 
useless to add that the subsequent life of this couple has 
been happy and iiamionious. 



James Madison Humphreys, funeral director and 
dealer in furniture, is a native of Greene county, bom on 
Lot 3, of the orig-inal plat of Linton. ]\Iarch 6. 1859. 
His father, Madison Humphreys, also liom in Greene 
county, belonged to one of the earliest pioneer families 
of this part of the state and the name has been intimately 
associated with the county from the beginning of its his- 
tory\ Madison Humphreys was a farmer by occupation, 
an honest, hard-working man, and most exemplan* neigh- 
bor and citizen. By industry and thrift he accumulated a 
handsome competence, including valuable land, some of 
which is still in possession of his family. In his young 
manhood he married Elizabeth Lund, who was bom in 
England, but came to this countn- with her parents in 
childhood and spent the remainder of her life in Greene 
county. Indiana, dying at the age of sixty- four, in 1897. 
Mr. Humphreys departed this life December, 1858, about 
three months prior to the birtli of the subject of this 
sketch. Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys were the parents of 
three children that grew to maturity, the oldest of whom, 
a son. by the name of Richard, died shortly after attain- 
ing his majority. Clara E.. widow of John Middleton. 
lives in Terre Haute. Several children died in infancy, 
of whom Stephen Hale received a name. 

James M. Humphreys received a coinmon school 
education, and. when old enough to begin life for him- 
self, turned his hands to any kind of honorable labor he 
could find to do. In this way he spent the time until his 
twenty-first year, when he entered the Clark and Sullivan 


School of Embalming at Indianapolis to fit himself for 
the undertaking business, to which he had already de- 
voted considerable attention. In due time (1895) he '^^'^^ 
graduated from that institution, after which he resumed 
control of the business he had established five years pre- 
\-ious to that date, and which he has since conducted with 
success and financial profit, being at this time proprietor 
of the largest and most complete furniture and under- 
taking establishment in the city. Mr. Humphreys carries 
a full stock of the latest and most approved styles of 
furniture, also a complete line of caskets and other goods 
pertaining to sepulture, and, being an accomplished un- 
dertaker, familiar with every detail of the profession, 
his patronage has grown steadily in volume and import- 
ance until he now easily stands at the head of both lines 
of business in the city of Linton. Mr. Humphreys is 
a Democrat, but has never held oifice nor sought public 
honors of any kind. Like the majority of wide-awake 
enterprising men, he manifests a lively interest in frater- 
nal matters, being an active and esteemed member of the 
Masonic. Elks and Odd Fellows orders, and also belongs 
to the insurance organization known as the ^^'oodmen 
of the World, and in religion is identified with the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 

On August 29, 1878, was solemnized the ceremony 
by which Mr. Humphreys and Ida B. Listman were made 
husband and wife. Mrs. Humphreys is a native of 
Stockton township, Greene county, the daughter of 
Francis A. and Caroline Listman, and has borne her 
husband five children, the oldest of whom, a son, by the 
name of Elmer, dying when only six months old. Ira 


O., the second son, is associated with his fatlier in husi- 
ness. He is married and the father of one child. Homer 
L.. the third in order of birth, employed in the store, is 
also a man of family, consisting of a wife and daughter. 
Oscar is his father's assistant, and Mary, the youngest 
of the number, is pursuing her studies in the Linton 

Mr. Humphreys was chief of the first fire department 
and served fourteen years in the volunteer company and 
about three years after the city took up the work as paid 
department and is the only one now living of the first 


Richard P. Irwin is one of the enterprising merchants 
of Jasonville. Although a Buckeye by birth, he became a 
Hoosier by adoption, having been born in Butler coun- 
ty, Ohio, on July 29, 1850, the son of Robert and Jane 
(Demoret) Irwin, the fomier being a native of Penn- 
sylvania and the latter of Ohio. Robert Irwin was the 
only child of the family, and came to Ohio in an early 
day, and there finished his days. Mr. Demoret, the ma- 
ternal grandfather of our subject, was a Frenchman and 
was born in 1760. He came to America during the early 
days of our national history, and is reported to have ar- 
rived on the same vessel with Lafayette. He was fired 
with the same patriotic spirit that pervaded the hearts 
of the liberty-loving French, and enlisted under the 
American banner during the remainder of the Revolu- 


tionaiy war. After ths struggle was over he continued 
his trade as a cooper and ultimately made his way to 
Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1815 he removed to Butler county, 
Ohio, and there rounded out his days, passing to rest in 
18.20. There were thirteen children bom into the family, 
nine of whom reached maturity. 

Robert Irwin, father of our subject, was reared to 
manhood in the state of Pennsylvania and came to But- 
ler county, Ohio, after attaining his majority. He also 
followed the cooper's trade and continued in that work 
until the end of his days, which occurred at the age of 
fifty-two, in the community to which he had come. 
Eleven children were bom into this family, eight of whom 
attained their majority. 

Richard attended a normal course in Ohio, in addi- 
tion to the regular instruction afforded by the local 
schools of Ohio and Indiana. He was deeply interested 
in the question of education and devoted twenty years of 
his life to the work of teaching. In this he showed a 
fine spirit for professional advancement and took an ad- 
\anced stand on questions pertaining to educational work. 

In 1 89 1 he decided to enter mercantile life and 
tumed his attention to that line. He came to Jasonville 
and opened up a drug store, which he continued to con- 
duct for three years. He was the justice of the peace 
and postmaster and engaged in general merchandise to 
the present time. 

One of Mr. Irwin's brothers, Joseph, was a member 
of an Indiana regiment during the Civil war, and did 
valiant ser\'ice in the cause of Old Glory. 

In 1894 Richard Irwin was joined in marriage to 


Sarali Giljson, a most estimable lady, bom in Ohio, and 
tlic ilaughter of Lewis and Louisa (Trego) Gibson. 
They were industrious and energetic, coupling this with 
a wholesome Christian spirit which made them most de- 
sirable neighbors. 

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin are active members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, contributing liberally both 
(if their time and means to the progress of the church 
work in the community. In addition to this Mr. Irwin 
has been an interested worker in the local lodg-es. He 
is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being past master, 
also a member of the Red Men and the Tribe of Ben 
Hur. He is a Denmcrat in politics and in addition to 
the officer nunii-ined ahnve he has .served as town clerk. 


W'illard Jonas Hastings, the subject of this biog- 
ra]ili\. Ill it I inly had the enterprise to take hold of op- 
|)i'rtuimR's a^ the)- arose, but had the energy to _ push 
them forw ard to a successful issue. He is a Greene coun- 
ty citizen, having been bom near Bloomfield August 21, 
1869. His parents, James M. and Margaret (Slinkard) 
Hastings, were also Hoosier bom and his paternal grand- 
father. William Hastings, was an early settler in Daviess 
county, Indiana, having taken up a tract of government 
land, w'hich he brought under cultivation and to which 
he subsequently made additions, accumulating in time a 
substantial fnoting as a farmer. Eight children were 


Mr. Hastings's maternal grandfather, Air. Slinkard, 
was a merchant who carried on business both at New- 
berry and at Vincennes. He was of an energetic tem- 
perament and succeeded in estabhshing a thrifty vohtme 
of trade. He and his wife were esteemed memliers of 
the Lutheran church. 

Mr. Hastings, our subject, received his early educa- 
tion in the county public schools, and showed industry 
and power of application even as a boy in school. His 
studious temperament led him later to take up more ad- 
vanced work, and he attended for several terms the Cen- 
tral Normal College at Danville. 

After spending about four years at farming on his 
own responsibility, he laid plans for entering mercantile 
life. For two years he operated a general store at Elli- 
son, meeting with gratifying success. This was followed 
by a change to Jasonville. where he was engaged in a 
like occupation for two years longer. Seeing favorable 
opportunity for a change, he became engaged for the 
next three years in the real estate business, after which 
he established the repsent hardware concern. In this 
he has also met with signal success. He maintains an 
excellent class of stock, and stands high in business 
circles as a man of good judgment and keen dis- 

In 1897 Mr. Hastings was joined in marriage to 
Lizzie Gheen, daughter of John H. and Mary (Tliom) 
Glieen, and this event has been followed by a most pleas- 
ant and happy home life. Four children have graced 
this union, two of whom are deceased. The sur\'iving 
ones are Aulta, the first born, and Maiy Margaret, one 
of twins. 


Mr. and Airs. Hastings are fully alive to their obli- 
gatiims, ndt only as parents and neighbors, but as mem- 
bers of society as well. They afifiliate with the Christian 
denomination and are ready and willing supporters of 
the religious duties devolving upon the community. 

Furthermore. Mr. Hastings has found time in the 
midst of his busy career to join in the fraternal life of 
the neighborhood, having affiliated himself with the 
Masons and also the Elks. In both of these orders he 
is regarded as a valuable exponent of the tenets of the 
urder, being ready at all times to discharge his full 
iil)ligati(ins as oppurtunity arises. 

.Although a Republican, he has never made any ef- 
fort at political prominence, but always takes a firm 
stand for honest and straightforward management in 
public affairs. 


Paternally Dr. Padgett is of Scotch extraction, his 
mother's family being of English descent. His grand- 
father, Benedict Padgett, came to this countr}' from 
Scotland when a lad of twelve, and, after spending some 
time in Mandand, moved with his parents to Pennsyl- 
vania, thence to Ohio, and still later, to Greene county, 
Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying 
at the age of seventy-six years. He was a tailor by 
trade, a zealous Presbj-terian in his religious faith and is 
remembered as a man of many sturdy qualities, whos.e 
influence was ever on the side of morality and correct 


living and whose death was deeply lamented by all 
who knew him. 

George David Padgett, father of the doctor, was 
the oldest of a family of seven children, and by occupa- 
tion a tiller of the soil, in addition which he also spent 
some years as a teacher in the public schools. He came 
to Indiana when a young' man, bought a farm in Greene 
county, on which he spent the remainder of his days, de- 
parting this life at the age of fifty-six. His wife, Lydia 
Irwin, a native of Ohio and a descendant of one of the 
early English immigrants to that state, bore him seven 
children, of whom the doctor is the third in order of 
birth. Dr. Thomas I. Padgett is a native of Greene 
county, Indiana, and dates his birth from September 
1 6th of the year of 1862. He was reared to the honor- 
able pursuit of agriculture and received his preliminary 
mental discipline in the public schools, subsequently com- 
pleting a high school course, and after his graduation 
devoted four years to farm labor. Having decided to 
make the medical profession his life work, he entered, 
at the expiration of the time indicated, the Hospital 
Medical College, Louisville, Kentucky, from which he was 
graduated June 18, 1889, into the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine, and immediately thereafter located at Pleasant- 
ville, Sullivan county, where he practiced his profession 
with encouraging success during the eight years ensuing, 
when he sought a larger and more inviting field in the 
city of Terre Haute. 

The doctor remained at the latter place from 1897 
to 1901, when he removed to JasonviHe, where he has 
since practiced with success and financial profit, and, as 


previously stated, he is now recognized as one of the 
most progressive physicians and surgeons in his section 
of the state, besides attaining enviable standing as a pub- 
lic spirited citizen. In the year 1882 Dr. Padgett was 
united in marriage with Nellie Gilmore, of Sullivan coui:- 
ty, Indiana, daughter of Reuben and Caroline (Thixton) 
Gilmore, who died in 1897, leaving two children, Alta, 
bom in 1884, wife of John E. Young, and George David, 
whose birth occurred in 1887. The doctor's second mar- 
riage was solemnized in 1899 with Mrs. Eva E. Wright 
(nee Young), who was born in 1872 in Vigo county, 
the union being without issue. 

In politics Dr. Padgett is a Democrat, but not an 
ardent politician, devoting so much time to his profes- 
sion that he has little leisure for public matters. He is 
identified with the Masonic, Independent Order of Odd 
P""elli:>ws and Knights of Pythias fraternities, and in re- 
ligion the Baptist church holds his creed. 


Few medical men of Greene county have achieved 
the distinctive success in their profession or risen to the 
conspicuous place in public esteem as the well known and 
popular physician and surgeon whose name introduces 
this sketch. Dr. William Henry Hixon. a native of 
Owen county, Indiana, and for many years one of the 
leading men of his calling in the county of Greene, is 
descended fmm Scotch-Irish ancestry, and traces his 


genealogy back to an early period in the history of 
Pennsylvania, from which state his paternal grandfather 
moved to Ohio in pioneer times, thence, about 1850, to 
Owen county, Indiana, when he entered land, improved 
a farm and spen-t the remainder of his days. Of the 
familv of eight children left by this ancestor, the last 
member, a daughter, died in June. 1908, at the advanced 
age of eighty-seven years. George Reed, of Delaware, 
one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 
was an uncle of the paternal grandmother of Dr. Hixon. 

William Hixon. the doctor's father, was the third 
of the above family in order of birth. He was a farmer 
by occupation, spent the greater part of his life in Owen 
county and then died at the age of sixty-two years. His 
wife, who bore the maiden name of Lydia Isennoggle, 
lived to be eighty-two years old and was the mother of 
four children, namely: Thomas :\I., Jnhn \\'., William 
Henry, of this review, and :\Iary B., now Mrs. William 
M. Mellick. of Owen county. William and Lydia Hixon 
were a pious. God-fearing couple, active workers in the 
Methodist church and much given to good works. 
.\mnng the poiir and needy of their neighborhood they 
lived full lives, reared their children to honorable man- 
h()od and womanhood, and left to their descendants 
names and characters above reproach. 

Dr. William H. Hixon was born December 21, 
1853. spent his early life under the parental roof in 
Owen county and received his education in the public 
schools. When a young man he turned his attention to 
carpentry, which he followed for a period of ten years 
and then took up the study of medicine, which he prose- 


cuted under the direction of a competent perceptor dur- 
ing tlie three years following. Actuated by a laudable 
desire to add to his professional knowledge, he subse- 
quently entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons 
at Indianapolis, and, after a course at that institution, 
located at Vandalia, Owen county, where, in due time, 
he built up quite a lucrative practice. At the expiration 
of two years the doctor left that place and opened an 
office at Catterac, but after a year there moved to Adel, 
where he remained three years in the enjoyment of a 
very satisfactory professional business, changing his 
residence, at the end of the time indicated, to Xewark. 

After spending four years at the latter point, Dr. 
Hixon located at the town of Farmers, where, during 
a period of eighteen consecutive years, he built up an ex- 
tensive practice and won enviable standing in the line of 
his calling, forging to the front among the representative 
professional men of his part of the state and gaining much 
more than local repute as a skillful ph3rsician and surgeon. 
From Fanners he removed to Jasonville, where he has 
followed his chosen calling for four years with the suc- 
cess that has marked his career since the beginning, and 
where he not only holds an influential place among his 
professional brethren, but stands high socially and kee'ps 
in close touch with all enterprises and movements which 
tend to benefit the public and advance the interests of his 
fellow men. 

Dr. Hixon has been twice married, the first time on 
February 20. 1876, to Rosetta Huey. daughter of Xathan 
Huey. of Owen county, who bore him the following chil- 
dren : ]Mabel. Viom September 7. 1877, died on the 13th 


day of the same month; Thornton, born January i8, 
1888, died, on the 3d of the month following; Daisy D., 
born September 19, 1881 ; Mary J., born May 18, 1884, 
and Eva May, whose birth occurred December 2, 1886. 
After the death of the mother of these children the doctor 
altered the marriage relation with Laureeta McClarren. 
of Greene county, the ceremony taking place in June, 
1895, the union being blessed with three offspring — Wil- 
liam J. B., born August 28, 1896, now deceased; Marga- 
ret, July 25, 1897, and Dewey, who first saw the light of 
day on August 3, 1898. The doctor's first wife was a 
member of the Christian church, his present companion 
being a Methodist and a zealous worker in the local con- 
gregation with which she is identified. Fraternally Dr. 
Hixon is a Mason and a member of the Knights of 
Pjlhias, Independent Order of Red Men, the Modern 
\\'oodnien and Knights and Ladies of Honor. 

Dr. Dixon owns business and residence property in 
Jasonville and is consequently interested in all that pro- 
motes its welfare. In politics he is a Democrat, and while 
in Owen county he held the office of coroner four years 
and justice of the peace nine years, and is at present sec- 
retary of the board of health of Jasonville. 


Prominent among the families of Greene county is 
the one taken up in this review, the subject having been 
born in this county on September 9, 1861. He is the son 


of John and Emaline (Humplirey) Poe. both natives of 
Greene county. Mr. Poe's paternal grandfather, John B. 
Poe, emigrated to Indiana from Virginia in an early day, 
settling in Greene county. He took up unimproved land 
and in time transfomied it into a well improved and pro- 
ductive farm. He made several trades,' but remained in 
the county, passing to his reward while still living in 
Wright township, having attained the remarkable age of 
almost one hundred years. He was a devoted worker in 
the Baptist church, in which he was a trustee for several 
years. He was the father of six children. 

Our subject's maternal grandfather, Andy Hum- 
phrey, was bom in Putnam county, Indiana, and after 
reaching manhood began life as a blacksmith. He was 
made justice of the peace in his district and later was 
sent from Greene county to the state legislature. Here 
he sen'ed continuously for fourteen terras. When not 
on duty at the state capital he continued the management 
of his farm. He served out the unexpired term of "Blue 
Jeans" Williams, and during his last term was joint sen- 
ator from Sullivan and Greene counties. He then removed 
to Linton, Indiana, and there ended his days at the age 
of eighty-three years. He was a devout member of the 
Baptist church and has left to his children the heritage of 
a clean and well spent career. 

Our subject's father received his early education in 
the public schools of Greene county. He made fanning 
his life work and died at the age of sixty-three, being sur- 
vived to the present time by his companion in life, who 
is now living at Linton at the age of sixty-four. 

John A. Poe, our subject, was also educated in the 


county scliools. He remained at home until reaching- his 
majority. He later went to Kansas, but returned to 
Greene county, after a short absence. He has come into 
possession of a valuable farm, but after removing to Ja- 
sonville engaged in the feed business in connection with 
the handling of real estate. 

In June of the year 1884 Mr. Poe was married to 
Eliza Ellen Elwood, who was born in Iowa September 27, 
1859. She was the daughter of John and Eliza Elwood. 
]Mr. and Mrs. Poe have become the parents of eight chil- 
dren, here enumerated in order of birth : Cleo, bom in 
1887, is the wife of Albert Cole, and is the mother of one 
child; Otto was born in 1889; Leon was bom in 1892: 
Don, 1894; French, 1896; Rex, 1901 ; Kennett, 1903 ; and 
Lloyd, 1905. 

Mr. and Mrs. Poe have not only proven themselves 
to be admirable parents, training their children to strive 
for high ideals in character and achievement, but have en- 
deavored to set an example of Christian piety before all 
with whom they come in contact. They are devoted mem- 
bers of the Baptist church, and have been of great service 
in promoting- interest and efficiency in Sunday school 

Mr. Poe has been for many j'ears an exemplary Odd 
Fellow, having passed through all of the chairs, and is 
now sei-ving as treasurer for the local lodge. He has 
won the confidence of friends by his love for fair dealing, 
and has served as supei-visor, as men-iber of the township 
advisor}' board and as president of the town board. In 
all of these activities he has measured up fully to the ex- 
pectations of neighbors and friends. 



One of the solid and substantial citizens of Lyons, 
Greene county, is he whose name appears above, and he is 
eminently worthy of a place in this volume, having spent 
all of his well regulated life in this county, where he was 
bom November 25, 1852, the son of John and Lucy 
(Shields) Workman, and the grandson of Josiah Shields, 
a Virginian, who came to Indiana, where he fanned until 
his death, dying at a very old age, having been preceded 
by his wife, to whom seven children were born. 

John and Pleasant Shields and Henry Sampson and 
Isaac Workman, uncles of the subject, were soldiers in the 
Union army, having enlisted from Indiana. John Work- 
man, the father of the subject, was born in Greene county, 
Indiana, and received his early education there in the 
common schools. He spent his life on a farm near where 
he was raised. He was a member of the Cumberland 
Presbyterian church and a Republican. He was survived 
In- eight children, only three of whom are living in 1908. 

John B. Workman was born and raised in the county, 
attending the public schools when a boy and applying him- 
self to the best advantage possible. Early in life he went 
to farming, which life he successfully followed until four 
years ago, when he sold his well improved farm and 
bought property at Lyons, where he now resides, a highly 
respected citizen. Mr. Workman was married in 1874 to 
Mar\- Calvert, who was born July 25. 1855, daughter of 
Nimrod and Sarah (Wheeler) Calvert, natives of Ken- 
tucky, who came to Indiana sixty years ago. settling on a 


farm in Greene county, where they spent the remaining 
years of their Hves, he dying at the age of sixty-two years, 
she dying a few years later at the age of seventy-two. 
They were Baptists and raised five children. 

Five children have been born to the subject, John B. 
Workman, and wife, as follows : Edward, who is mar- 
ried and living in Greene county; Curtis, a blacksmith, 
married and living in Greene county ; Ella, the wife of El- 
mer Shilkeet, a farmer in the same county; Lustie is also 
living in this county, the wife of Emest Spear; Fannie 
R. is the wife of Henr>' Rollison, also a fanner living in 
Greaie county, Indiana. 

Fraternally Mr. Workman is a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a Republican in po- 
litical belief, and while he does not aspire to positions of 
honor or emolument at the hands of his fellow voters, he 
keeps well versed in political movements and always sides 
with the right, not only in reference to political subjects, 
but all questions. Both he and his wife are members of 
the Christian church. 

The subject has always been a painstaking, business- 
like and industrious man, as his neighbors where he 
fanned so successfully for upwards of a half century can 
testify, and his sober and honorable everyday life has 
won for him the lasting esteem of the entire community. 
His children, without exception, have tried to maintain 
the high standard of living which he set. and the \\'ork- 
man family is given the respect by e\-ery one which it 
justly deserves. 



Among the representative farmers of Greene county, 
Indiana, is the subject of this review, who is the owner of 
a fine landed estate and canning on the various depart- 
ments of liis enterprise with that discretion and energy 
which are sure to find their natural sequel in definite suc- 
cess. To such men as Mr. Stafford we turn with par- 
ticular satisfaction as offering in their life histories justi- 
fication for works of this character. John F. Stafford is 
a native of the county in which he now resides, having 
been born May 5. 1S52. His parents, Presley and Sarah 
(Moweiw) Stafford, were of English lineage, grandfa- 
ther Jesse Stafford having come from England and set- 
tled in Kentucky, later coming to Indiana in an early day. 
Presley Stafford was raised in Indiana, having worked 
on a farm in Washington township, Greene county. He 
was bom July 11, 1811, and died I'^ehruary 22. 1S62, his 
widow surviving him two years. 

The subject of this sketch reccned his early educali- ai 
in the public schools of his ccniniunit}-. where he applied 
himself in a manner that caused him to outstrip many of 
his companions and fellow students. He points with in- 
terest to the old log school house which he attended in his 
boyhood days, which is now standing on his farm, being- 
used as a cow barn. The subject was sent to great-uncle 
after his father's death, where he remained until he was 
twenty-one, working on a farm and in a saw-mill. After 
working for three years as a farm and mill hand he went 
on the old homestead, having inherited a part of it and 
purchased an additional part fonn his brother. 'Sir. Staf- 


ford still owns this farm, in which there was originally 
two hundred and forty acres. He has added to it until he 
now owns a very valuable farm, consisting of three hun- 
dred and eighty acres. It was originally timbered, but he 
has cleared the major portion of it. and carries on general 
farming" and stock raising, being particularly sound in his 
judgment of good horses and cattle. He also successfully 
handles hogs and sheq>, preferring Poland-China hogs. 
He prepares his cattle for feeders and usually feeds all the 
com the place produces. Mr. Stafford's excellent knowl- 
edge of the rotation of crops has resulted in the soil on his 
place becoming strengthened as the years go by instead of 
depleted and growing thin. It is more productive gener- 
ally at present than when he first directed his attention to 
it thirty years ago when it came into his possession. He 
rotates his crops as he sees the soil requires, using clover 
principally to fertilize it instead of commercial fertilizers. 
A part of his land is leased on a five years' cash rent, the 
balance being used by Mr. Stafford and his son. They 
deal extensively in mules, handling large numbers from 
time to time. 

Mr. Stafford was married on November 4, 1880, to 
Allie Shake, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Jarrell) 
Shake, both natives of Indiana, their ancestors having 
come from Kentucky and settled in the forest in Sullivan 
county. Mrs. Stafford's father died when eighty-three 
years old ; her mother is still living at eighty-four. The 
wife of the subject was bom May 22. 1858, in. Sullivan 
county, where she attended the common schools. The 
subject has one son, Roscoe Murphy, who was born on 
January 14, 1883. He was married April 16, 1902, to 

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Grace Florence Hatfield, and they have one daughter. 
Fern Lucile, born June 19, 1905. He is farming on the 
old homestead. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stafford are members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. In national affairs the former is a 
Democrat, but he is an independent voter, always casting 
his ballot for the best candidates according to his judg- 
ment, which, owing to his careful study of the trend of 
events, is usually singularly sound, as it is in his business 
affairs. Mr. Stafford enjoys the unstinted esteem of a 
wide circle of admiring friends, and he is regarded as 
one of the leading citizens in his township. 


In considering the men of wide experience in busi- 
ness life we find an interesting example in the character 
of our subject, who was bom in Jackson county, Indiana, 
February 17, 1865, the son of Jacob and Anna (Callahan) 
Wheeler, both natives of this state. Jacob Wheeler fol- 
lowed the occupation of farming throughout his days and 
was among the most progressive men in his community. 
He died when about fifty years of age and is survived by 
his wife, Anna, who has acquired the age, at this writing, 
of seventy-four years. She is a devout member of the 
United Brethren church, and has impressed her personal- 
ity upon all who have been fortunate enough to become 
closely associated with her. She became the naother of 
these children : Tern\ now deceased, was the father of 


two children; Rushia has also departed this life, leaving 
two children ; Frank was likewise gathered to rest, leav- 
ing three children, and Robert is deceased. 

Peter received his early education in the district 
schools of Owen township, Jackson county, making the 
most of the opportunities that ofifered themselves. He 
applied himself diligently to whatever he undertook, and 
in this way formed habits that have been a valuable asset 
in his subsequent career. He remained at work on the 
farm until nineteen years of age, at which time he went to 
Missouri, where he became employed at farm work during 
the summer and in winter he engaged in coal mining. In 
. the latter work he took considerable interest, and this has 
continued to occupy some of his time since. After six 
years of life in Missouri he returned to Indiana and be- 
came interested in the drug business, and followed it for 
several years. Some attention has been given by him also 
to bridge construction on railroad work. He has readily 
adapted himself to the varied pursuits that have come 
within the range of his opportunities, but he finally gave 
his attention exclusively to blacksmithing. and has con- 
tinued to follow that trade. 

Mr. \\'heeler's first marriage took place in 1885, to 
Caroline Cairteron, of Nodaway county, Missouri, and to 
this union was born one son, William Roy, still living. 
Mrs. Wheeler was called hence on August 11, 1886, end- 
ing thus a life full of promise for domestic and maternal 
usefulness. In March, 1892, Mr. Wheeler was united to 
Charlotte Womack, who was born in Johnson county. In- 
diana, in 1865. She was the daughter of John and Mar- 
garet (Prater) Womack. She has won for herself a host 
of friaids and is a member of the Christian church. 


Mr. Wheeler has managed to find time aside from 
his busy career to participate in the social life around him, 
and has been especially interested in the work of frater- 
nal organizations. He has taken an active part in promot- 
ing the growth of several societies and has held many im- 
portant offices of trust in these organizations. He has 
been treasurer for the Masonic fraternity for some time 
and has discharged his duties with skill and exactness. 
In the Knights of Pythias he has been chancellor com- 
mander and trustee, and in that capacity has succeeded in 
spreading materially the popularity of the order, stimulat- 
ing its growth appreciably. He has sen-ed for several 
years also as treasurer for the miners' union, of which 
society he is an active member. As a member '>f the 
board of town trustees Mr. Wheeler has given valuable 
service to the public, being found at all times punctual and 
conscientious in the discharg-e of hi*; duties. It is need- 
less to say that his work is higlily apiircciatcd by neigh- 
bors and friends. 


There is both lesson and inspiration offered in a con- 
sideration of this well known and highly honored citizen 
of Lyons, for he has overcome many obstacles in his ca- 
reer and won success where hearts less courageous would 
have cpiailed and gone down to defeat. He has worked 
out his own fortunes and g-ained a position of solidity and 
no little precedence in the business world, while his in- 


tegrity of character has brought him into the fa\'orable 
regard and unquahfied confidence of all with whi mi he has 
come in contact. 

John Callahan, who is a native of Daviess county, 
Indiana, bom November 14, 1848, is a scion of the sturdy 
citizenship of the Emerald Isle, where his paternal grand- 
parents lived and died and where his father was born. 
His maternal grandfather Heni^y was born in Germany 
and settled in Greene county, Indiana, about seventy years 
ago, and lived on a fami until his death in 1854. Both 
he and his wife were German Lutherans. She lived until 
1864, she being blind for several years prior to her death. 
They had five children, all now deceased. 

John Callahan, the subject of this sketch, attended 
school until he was thirteen years old, when he began 
caring for himself, working at whatever he could find to 
do. He worked out as a farm hand until he was thirty- 
four years old, but by habits of economy he saved enough 
money during those years to begin business on his own ac- 
cord, which he did by opening a grocery store and res- 
taurant in Newberry, Indiana, which he conducted for 
sixteen months and was obliged to give it up on account 
of a physical ailment which made it difficult for him to 
stand on his feet. He then went to Indianapolis and took 
treatment at the Surgical Institute, where he was greatly 
benefited so much that he returned to clerking, which 
he followed for eighteen months. Then he moved to Ef- 
fingham, Illinois, and engaged in the peddling business on 
a wagon, later returning to Lyons and engaging in the 
general merchandise business on his own account for three 
vears, which he made a success. After conductin.g the 


Lyons Hotel for a year he and Frank Reed established a 
saw-mill and brick yard. He later bought a hardware 
and implement store in that town, which he conducted for 
about sixteai months, later trading his store for a farm, 
which he superintended for five years in a most successful 
manner, when he sold it, but he continued farming until 
1903. His wife and two stepdaughters own two farms, 
which ]\Ir. Callahan superintends, at the same time han- 
dling a general line of insurance. 

The subject was three times married, first in 1872 to 
Talitha C. Hawkins, a native of Greene county, Indiana. 
One child was born to this union, which died in infancy. 
His first wife survived only one year after her marriage. 
In 1880 Mr. Callahan was married a second time. Mrs. 
Mary Benham (nee Clogston) being the name of this wo- 
man, who had one child by her first husband. One child 
was born of this second union, which died in infancy. 
The subject's second wife died in 188 1. He was again 
married in 1886, his third wife being Mrs. Talitha J. Bo- 
gard (nee Skomp), a native of Greene county. She had 
four children, two daughters still living. Three children 
were bom to the subject by his third wife, namely : W'es- 
sie L., who makes his home with his father; Charles, who 
died in childhood ; Annie, who lives at home and attends 
school. The two daughters of Mrs. Callahan are mar- 
ried, one of them, Mrs. Sadie Criss, living in Lyons ; the 
other daughter is married to Lon O'Haver, and lives in 

The subject and wife are both members of the Meth- 
odist church. Mr Callahan is a Deniucrat and a pul)lic- 
spirited man, altlinugli he does not find time to take an 


active part in politics. He numbers liis acquaintances a 
friends by the score, but his energies are an unkno' 
quantity, mathematically speaking. 


The record of the subject is that of a man who. by 
his unaided efforts, has worked his way from a modest be- 
ginning to a position of influence and comparative afflu- 
ence in his comanunity. His life has been one of unceas- 
ing industry and perseverance, and the systematic and 
honorable methods which he has followed have won him 
the unbounded confidence. of his fellow citizens of Greene 
county. Mr. Edington, who conducts a real estate busi- 
ness and operates a lumber yard in Lyons, where all his 
property is located, was born August 13, 1869, in the 
county where he now resides. His father was Francis M. 
Eding-ton. who married Docia Miller, both natives of this 
county. Grandfather Edington, who was a native of 
Ohio, moved to Indiana and spent his life on a farm, rear- 
ing seven children. The elder brother, Francis M. Ed- 
ington. killed himself accidentally by throwing stones at 
a squirrel in a tree. Grandmother Edington lived to be 
eighty-five years old, having died in 1906. Grandfather 
Miller came from Kentucky to Greene county and was 
one of the eariy farmers there. He also had seven chil- 
dren. He was a soldier in the Union army and fought in 
defense of his country until he died of disease before the 
war closed. Grandmother Miller lived to be eighty-six 


years old, dying in this county in 1900. llie father of 
' our subject was born in 1849 and spent his early life in 
working on a farm which he was compelled to care for, 
his father dying early. But after he reached matui^ity he 
bought a farm of his own. He later sold this and in 1900 
purchased another, which he still owns and lives on. 

M. G. Edington's early life was not unlike that of 
thousands of other boys in Indiana at that time. He spent 
it in attending the public schools during the winter months 
and working on his father's farm during the summer 
months, but his ambition led him to greater efforts than 
the majority of his schoolmates showed, so he applied him- 
self more assiduously, and also attended the county nor- 
mals and prepared himself for a teacher, which profession 
he followed for many years with great success. He then 
went into the real estate business, locating in Lyons, be- 
ing successful in this from the first. But his native busi- 
ness ability is capable of looking after many things at one 
time, so he later added the lumber business to his enter- 
prises and has been reasonably successful in this. 

Mr. Edington was happily married in 1888 to Stella 
Meredith, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Meredith, 
the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Missouri. 
Jacob Meredith was a soldier in the Civil war. He died in 
i8g8. His widow is still living. Six children have been 
born to the subject of this sketch and his wife, as follows: 
Cledie Ann, now (1908) attending high school; Jacob F., 
also in high school; Harly N., wdio is a graduate of the 
common schools; the fourth and fifth children both diefl 
in infancy; Man- is living at home and attending the ]nib- 
lic schools. 


Mr. Edington takes a great interest in lodge \vorl< 
and lias a wide acquaintance through their mediums, being 
a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Woodmen and 
the Knights of Pythias, having filled all the chairs in the 
last named lodge. He is a Democrat, but has never as- 
pired to office. However, he takes a lively interest in the 
welfare of his party. He is a member of the Christian 
church and Mrs. Edington is a member of the Baptist 
church. The three older of their children are members 
of the [Methodist Episcopal church at Lyons. Indiana. 


Among the many \'olunteer patriots of the grand old 
state of Indiana, we find the name of our subject, Charles 
■ H. Roberts, of Fair Play township, who was born near 
Ithaca, New York, August 5, 1839. His parents, Edward 
J. and Ann (Bartholomew) Roberts, were both natives of 
Pennsylvania. Edward J. Roberts was a physician, prac- 
ticing successfully both in Pennsylvania and Ohio, who 
came to Greene county, Indiana, in i860, settling in High- 
land township, where he practiced his profession until his 
death. His companion, who departed this life in 1904. 
bore him eleven children, enumerated here in the order of 
birth : Josiah, now farming in South Dakota ; Petrican 
died at Knoxville, Tennessee, and was a soldier in the 
Ninety-seventh Indiana Regiment; Charles H., our sub- 
ject ; Caroline, now living in the east ; Cordelia, deceased ; 
Agnes, wife of William Farmer, a Christian Science prac- 


titioner at Bloomington. Indiana : George Clark, a carpen- 
ter, living at present at Terre Haute ; Edward, deceased ; 
Josephine and Celesta were twins, the latter deceased ; Va- 
lar>', wife of Heniy Kindred, now living at Worthington. 

Charles received a common school education and be- 
gan working out by the day or month veiy early in life, 
keeping this up until twenty-one years of age, turning 
over all his earnings to his father. In 1863 he enlisted 
in Company I. of the One Hundred and Twentieth In- 
diana Volunteer Infantry, remaining in that company for 
about two months, after which he became cpiartermaster 
sergeant, continuing in that capacity until 1866. His reg- 
iment joined Shemian's anny in Tennessee, and was un- 
der fire for one hundred and seventeen days. They partic- 
ipated in various important battles, and were finally mus- 
tered out at Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Upon returning to Greene county after the close of 
the war Mr. Roberts purchased the tract of land which 
forms his present homestead. At the time there were no 
improvements whatever, nor was any of the land cleared, 
but by dint of hard and persevering effort Mr. Roberts 
succeeded in transfomiing the wilderness into a productive 
and well improved farm. 

In 1867 Mr. Roberts was united in matrimony to 
Catherine Sheehy. who was boni April 10. 1839. in Rich- 
land county, Ohio, and was the daughter of Edward and 
Mary (Stout) Sheehy, the former being a native of Ire- 
land and the latter of New Jersey. Eleven children were 
born into this family, consisting of : John, now deceased ; 
James, living in Ohio; Margaret, deceased: Catherine, 
wife of our subject : William, a soldier in the Sixty-fourth 


Ohio Regiment, having met his death at Knoxville, Ten- 
nessee; JuHa, wife of Jesse Rector, now hving at Linton, 
Indiana ; Hiram, a farmer in Ohio ; Simon, hving in Fair 
Play township; Mar>' E. and Edward, deceased; the last 
child (unnamed) died in infancy. 

Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have become the parents of 
four children, the first two of whom died when still 
young. Lovezilla and Lillian R. are both married, the 
latter being the wife of Warren Tinstman, of Linton, and 
the former married John Ritter, now living at Indianap- 
olis. They have two sons, Roland and Charles Gray. 

Mrs. Roberts is a member of the Roman Catholic 
church and has proved to be a mother most worthy of 
rearing such a praiseworthy family. 

Mr. Roberts is a Republican and has given his town- 
ship most acceptable sei-vice as trustee. His interest in 
the political affairs of the community has been attended 
at all times with the desire to improve and raise hig-her the 
standard of public service. His industrious habits and 
uniform integrity have won for him the respect and es- 
teem of neighbors and friends. 


Special honor attaches to that individual who, un- 
aided and alone, begins the ascent of life's rugged path- 
way and removes the many obstacles that lie in his road 
to the goal of success and by the force of his own individ- 
uality forges to the front, winning for himself the esteem 


of his fellow men. Such is in brief the record of the pop- 
ular citizen of Greene county to a brief synopsis of whose 
life and character the following paragraphs are devoted. 

William Hunter ranks in the best class of our great 
foreign population, that worthy class which we are glad 
to welcome, knowing that their labors here in the United 
States will benefit us as well as them. He was born in 
Yorkshire. England, July 14, 1844, the son of John and 
Elizabeth ( Wardell) Hunter, who moved to Ohio in 1853. 
John Hunter was a stonemason and a bricklayer of more 
than ordinary skill. He moved to Stafford township, 
Greene county, Indiana, in Februan'. 1861, where he con- 
tinued to work at his trade until' 1883, when he died in 
Marco. He and his wife were the parents of eight chil- 
dren, all of whom are in America except John, the eldest 
son, who never came to America and still resides in his 
native place. Francis and William, our subject, became 
sole proprietors of the mill in 1883. It was built by them 
and their father, and formerly operated under the firm 
name of Hunter & Sons, the sons assuming full control 
at their father's death. They do a general milling busi- 
ness, cutting each year many thousand feet of lumber, 
also custom milling, grinding feed, flour, etc., and they 
ha\-e made a great success in this business, as will be seen 
when we note the fact that when the Hunters came to 
Marco they were practically without funds, but being mai 
of sound judgment and untiring industry they soon built 
up a good trade, and each of the sons mentioned above 
are now worth at least thirty thousand dollars. They are 
both men of families. 

William Hunter was married in October, 1880, to 


Mrs. Druzilla Stafford, wliose maiden name was Jeimson. 
She was bom in Ohio and came to Indiana with lier par- 
ents in 1864. To this nnion one bright and promising 
boy was bom on May 6, 1881. He is now living on a 
farm in Stafford township, which he conducts success- 
fully. He married Myrtle Hudson. 

The subject of this sketch was elected trustee of Staf- 
ford township in 1900, having been nominated by the 
Democrats by thirty votes. He carried the township by 
seventy-four votes. Something of Mr. Hunter's excellent 
executive and financial ability was shown in the succes.s- 
ful manner in which he handled the duties of this impor- 
tant office. The township was in debt when he began his 
official duties, tuition being short. When he turned it 
over to his successor, Jacob R. Garrett, the sum of six 
thousand dollars was left in the treasuiy. During his 
term of office he builftwo new school houses and left two 
thousand eight hundred dollars in the special school fund 
and never raised the levy. Calvin Smith, William Fi->' 
and Presley Stafford were on the advisory board. Mr. 
Hunter was one of the most efficient and popular officials 
the township ever produced. 

Fraternally our subject is a member of Masonic 
Lodge, No. 166, at Newberr)% Indiana, having joined this 
organization in 1865. He has always been one of its most 
active and influential members. 

Mr. Hunter is a man of wide experience and is one 
of the most highly respected citizens of Marco, being ad- 
mired by every one for his honesty and uprightness and 
sound business principles. 

Francis Hunter was bom April 14, 1842. He came 



to the United States with the family and to Indiana in 
1857, and since 1875 has been associated with his brother 
in the milhng business. He was first married in 1863 to 
Sophia Higinbottom. She died in 1877, leaving two chil- 
dren — George died in 1877, aged eight years: Anna, wife 
of Franklin P. Alcar, of Linton. He was married a sec- 
ond time in 1883 to Phoebe Baker. They are members 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. 


Joseph Cullen, a prosperous farmer <it Washington 
township. Greene county, Indiana, was lijrn in Washing- 
ton county, Ohio. June 14, 1842. He was thirteen years 
old when he was brought to Greene county, Indiana, by 
his parents. He had attended the common schools before 
he left Ohio, and he continued to go to school for a short 
time after coming to Indiana. He remained at home un- 
til he went to war, after which he went to Kansas, where 
he worked at dififerent things, being in that state less than 
a year. He returned to Washington township, Greene 
county, where he went to farming and where he has since 
resided. He has altogetlier one hundred and forty-nine 
acres of good land. 

On December 10, 1861, the subject enlisted in Cnni- 
pany D, Fifty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infan- 
try. He took part in all the engagements in which tlie 
regiment was involved. He was discharg-ed in April, 
1865, having sen-ed four months overtime. 


Mr. Cullen was married in March, 1868, to Martha 
Gossner, who was born in Coshocton county, Ohio. She 
is the daughter of Joseph and EHzabeth (Wolford) Goss- 
ner, the former a native of Philadelphia and the latter a 
native of Ohio. They came to Washington township, 
Greene county, in an early day. The father of the wife 
of the subject died in Kansas and his widow died in 
Greene county, September 4, 1876. They had three chil- 
dren — Margaret, who is deceased, as is also Harriett : 
Martha, the third child, is the wife of the subject. 

Joseph Cullen and wife have the following children : 
William, who was born in Missouri. He married Pearl 
Johnson, to whom two children have been bom. Libbie, 
the subject's second child, is the wife of Oliver Brewer. 
They have two children, William, who is deceased, and 
Tressie A., who is living with the subject. Libbie married 
the second time, her last husband being Dow Birch. Two 
children were bom to this union, Mattie and Margaret. 
The last named is deceased. John, the subject's third 
child, is deceased. Mary, the fourth child, is the wife of 
Joseph White, a farmer, living in Washington township, 
Greene county. They have four children, Joseph, Harry, 
Ivan and Hennan. 

Mr. Cullen usually votes the Republican ticket, but 
sometimes he votes independently. He is the son of 
James and Sarah (Williams) Cullen. natives of Delaware 
and Virginia, respectively. 

James is the son of Thomas Cullen, a native of Scot- 
land, who came to this country and settled in Delaware, 
where he died. The mother of James Cullen came to Ohio 
when he was three years old. James was raised there and 


came to Greene county in 1855. settling in Washington 
township, liaving bought new land there. He fanned on 
this until his death in 1867. He was an independent voter. 
Sarah Williams was a daughter of Joseph Williams, a 
native of Virginia, and one of the early settlers of Wash- 
ington county, Ohio. He died there. The mother of the 
subject was a member of the Christian church. The sub- 
ject's parents had ten children, as follows : William and 
Eliza, twins, are both dead ; Thomas is living in 'Knox 
county, Indiana, on a farm; Joseph is the subject of this 
sketch; Emily is deceased ; Ella, deceased, and Sarah. The 
last named was the wife of Henry Rusher. James, the 
eig'hth child of the subject's parents, died in Kansas; Cor- 
delia is also dead : John is living in Kansas. 


This esteemed minister and representative citizen of 
Linton is a native of Pulaski county, Kentucky, where his 
birth occurred on the 26th of January, 1839. His father, 
Iverson L. Warinner, was born at Creelsburg, Virginia, 
in 18 II, and his mother, Margaret D. Vaught, also a na- 
tive of that state, was boni in 1818 in the city of Rich- 
mond. Their parents were married in Somerset. Ken- 
tucky, where they made their home until November, 1856, 
when they moved to Marshall county, Indiana, where Mr. 
Warinner died at the age of sixty-five years, his widow 
subsequently changing her residence to Greene county, 
where she died in 1900, in her eighty-fifth year. The 


following sons and daughters constituted the family 
of this couple, of whom but two survive, i\Irs. ]Mary E. 
Sylvester, of Newberry, Greene county, and John C. of 
this review. Nancy died in 1848, Harriet E. in 1890, 
Amanda Frances in 1857 and William F. in 1870. 

The subject's grandfather was James Warinner. a 
native of England, as was also his wife, whose maiden 
name was Elizabeth Johns. He was a minister of the 
Baptist faith, as were two of his brothers, Jacob and Iver- 
son, all three of whom devoted their lives to the preaching 
of the Gospel. Henry Vaught, the subject's maternal 
grandfather, was born in North Carolina, of German par- 
entage, and in early life went to Virginia, where he mar- 
ried Mary Wampler. who was also of North Carolina 
birth. He was a man of patriotic impulses and soldierly 
qualities, serving with an honorable record during the 
War of 18 1 2 and in the war with Mexico. The Johns 
family as represented by the subject's grandmother inher- 
ited an immense fortune in England, but, like so many 
similar cases, the descendants have received no part of the 
much desired wealth. 

The early life of John C. Warinner was spent in his 
native county and state, where he received a good educa- 
tion in private schools and under tutors. In young man- 
hood he learned the trade of carriage and wagon making 
and followed the same for a number of years, becoming 
a very efficient workman. He experienced conversion in 
1854. and feeling his duty to lie in the direction of the 
ministry he soon began fitting himself for that holy call- 
ing, and in due time entered upon the active work of the 
same as an evangelist, in which capacity he traveled ex- 


tensively, practicing witli great acceptance at many differ- 
ent points. 

Rev. W'arinner devoted about twenty-tive years to 
ministerial wurk as a settled pastor, during which time he 
had charge of churches in Kentucky, Indiana and other 
states, his labors proving very successful in the strength- 
ening of weak congregations, establishing churches in lo- 
calities of religious influences and in the conversion of 
many hundreds of souls to God. At the expiration of the 
above period he engaged in evangelistic work, to which 
he devoted some six or seven years, and in 1872 resumed 
his labors as a local minister, to which he has since given 
his time and energies, having been regularly ordained in 
1875. During the thirty-five years in which he has been 
actively engaged in the duties of his sacred office. 

In politics Rev. A\'arinner holds the principles of 
the Prohibition ])arty. He is a member of the Greene 
county bar, and served as deputy prosecuting attorney 
for one year, and at the present time is justice of the peace 
at Linton, which position he fills very acceptably, as the 
amount of business brought to his court attests. Frater- 
nally he belongs to Newberry Lodge, No. 166, Free and 
Accepted Masons, in which he holds the office of senior 
warden. He is also identified with the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, the Improved Order of Red Men and the 
Temple of Honor, besides being an influential factor in the 
Grand Army of the Republic post at Linton, having 
served about one year in the late Civil war in Company 
G,' Thirty-first Indiana Infantry, his discharge from the 
service at the end of that time being on account of failing 
health caused Ijy a severe attack of measles.. 


In July, 1863, Mr. Warinner and Eliza Butcher, 
daughter of David and Sallie (Flora) Butcher, of Mon- 
roe county, Indiana, were made husband and wife, the 
following children having been bom to this union, name- 
ly: Mary Elizabeth, now Mrs. Louis Trisler, of Bloom- 
ington, and William Henry, who died when ele\-en years 
old; Laura Alice, wife of James Denny, a farmer of 
Greene county; Ida M., who married John Moore, a farm- 
er residing near the city of Bloomington ; Elma L., now 
Mrs. Brinson, of Monroe county; James R., also a resi- 
dent of the county of Monroe ; Ella lives in Switz City, and 
Willis Wayne, a youth of thirteen in 1908, still under the 
parental roof. Those deceased are William Henry, Eliza 
Belle and two infant daughters, who died unnamed. The 
wife and modier departed this life in 1869, and in 187 1 
Mr. Warinner entered the marriage relation with Melcina 
Cruse, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who, after a happy 
wedded experience of a few years, was called from earth, 
dying in 1876, after bearing her husband two children, 
both of whom died in infancy. Later Rev. Warinner 
married Mary E. Chambers. She died .\pril 25. 1902. 


The subject's father was a native of Illinois, where 
his birth occurred in the year 1840. Mrs. Hamilton, who 
bore the maiden name of Margaret Pickerin, was also 
born in that state, and their marriage took place in Sa- 
line county, where they continued to reside until the end 


of their days. The HamiUons are of Scotch descent. Re- 
mote ancestors of the subject came to America in an early 
day and settled originally in the South, thence scattered 
over various parts of the country until representatives of 
the family are now to be met in a number of the southern 
and central northern states. ^A'illiam T. Hamilton fol- 
lowed mechanical pursuits for a livelihood and was killed 
some years ag"0 in a railway accident. His first wife, by 
whom he had three children, died in March, 1878, at the 
age of thirty-five. The oldest of those children is \\'illiam 
J., of this review, after whom comes Mary F., wife of 
Robert Bruce, of Aakansas. The youngest of the number, 
Edgar, formerly _a jeweler of Linton, died in this city on 
July I, 1901. There were also three children by the sec- 
ond marriage. 

William J. Hamilton is a native ..f Illinois, bom in 
the county of Saline, December t,o. 1861. Reared to agri- 
cultural pursuits, he early fonned habits of industiy and 
thrift, which, with well learned lessons of self-reliance, 
gave to his life, while yet in the formation period, the 
proper bent, that as the years went by led to the develop- 
ment of a well rounded character and the laying of plans 
for his future course of action. His educational training 
embraced about the usual attendance at the public schools, 
and as soon as old enough tO' be of sennce his labors were . 
utilized on the farm. Later he worked for a period of 
eight years mining coal, meantime moving to Greene 
county, Indiana, of which he has since been an honored 
resident. In 1888 Mr. Hamilton effected a co-partnership 
in the drug business with William Ferrell. opening a store 
in Linton, which they conducted together about three or 


four years, when the subject purchased his partner's in- 
terest and has since conducted the estabHshment alone. 
From a modest beginning he has gradually enlarged the 
scope and volume of the business until he has the largest 
and most complete establishment of the kind in the city, 
carrying full lines of drugs, patent medicines, sundries 
and other kinds of goods which druggists usually handle, 
to which he has also added a jewelry department, where, 
in connection with the retail trade, all kinds of repairing 
and refining are done by skillful artisans employed for the 
purpose. I\Ir. Hamilton is an accomplished phannacist, 
careful in the compounding of medicines and filling pre- 
scriptions, and his long experience in the business has 
made him thoroughly familiar with every detail of the 
drug trade. 

In addition to his private interests Mr. Hamilton is 
identified with various other enterprises, having been one 
of the leading spirits in establishing the Linton State 
Bank, which was organized in 1903, with a capital of 
twenty-five thousand dollars. On September 4, 1904, it 
was reorganized as the First National Bank of Linton and 
the capital increased to fifty thousand dollars. Mr. Ham- 
ilton being elected president, which responsible position 
he still holds and the duties of which he has discharged 
with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the stock- 
holders, depositors and all who transact business with the 
institution. He is also a stockholder and director in the 
Linton Rolling Mills, besides owning valuable property 
interests in both city and country, including a fine fami 
of one hundred and sixty acres in Stockton township, a 
beautiful modem residence in Linton and considerable 


other real estate, wliich is growing in value with each suc- 
ceeding year. He has been more than ordinarily success- 
ful in the accumulation of material wealth, being one of 
the financially solid men of Linton, and to his credit be it 
said that the handsome competence now in his possession 
and the liberal income of which he is the recipient are the 
result of his well directed efforts, being in the full sense 
of the term a self-made man and the architect of his (iwn 

Mr. Hamilton is a Republican, and keeps fully posted 
on the leading public and political questions of the day, 
on all of which he has broad views and well defined opin- 
ions. At one time he was his party's candidate for the 
legislature, and though making a gallant fight, failed by 
the insignificant majority of only two votes in fa\'or of 
his opponent. Not satisfied with this result, the matter 
was carried to the house of representatives, where, after 
a careful examination of the returns and a searching in- 
quii-y into the manner in which the election was conducted, 
he was seated about the middle of the term and sensed 
with a creditable record as a lawmaker from 1902 to 1904. 
inclusive, was placed on several important committees and 
took an active and influential part in the general delibera- 
tions of the house. As a member of the city council he 
has been instrumental in bringing about much important 
municipal legislation and he has also sen'ed on the local 
school board, besides filling various other positions of 
honor and trust. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a mem- 
ber of the Order of Elks, in both of which he has been an 
active worker, sen'ing each at different times in official 


Mr. Hamilton has been twice married, the first time 
in 1889 to Laura Turner, daughter of Thomas and Sarah 
M. Turner, of Linton, who died January 9. 1892, leaving 
one child, a son by the name of \\'ayne, who is now in the 
tliird year of the city high school. Mr. Hamilton mar- 
ried his present wife, Emma Hatfield, daughter of Ale 
and Christian Hatfield, of Bedford, who are engaged in 
the hotel business there, in the month of July, 1897, two 
children resulting from the union, Mary H. and Mildred, 
both bright and promising misses in whom are centered 
many fond hopes for the future. 

Mr. Hamilton is essentially a man of afifairs, and it 
is to his clear brain, well balanced judgment and sound 
business ability that many important interests of Greene 
county are indebted for their success. 


To the subject of this review we may refer with pro- 
priety and satisfaction as being one of the able and repre- 
sentative members of the legal profession in Greene 
county, and that he is a native son of this part of the 
Hoosier state lends something to the significance of the 
prestige which he has here attained. John A. Riddle was 
bom September 16, 1872, near Cincinnati, Greene county, 
the son of Jonathan and Amanda E. (Carmichael) Riddle, 
natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Indiana. 
These parents reared a family of the following children : 
Daniel V.. Jasper, Sarah J., wife of R. B. Yerian; Sey- 


moui-, John A. IMilford, Oscar. Mrs. Ida E. :klitchell and 
Bertha, who married J. F. Weisman, all living and doing 
well in their respective place of residence. John W. Car- 
michael, father of Mrs. Riddle, sei-ved in the Civil war 
as captain in the Thirty-first Indiana Infantrv", and three 
of Mrs. Riddle's brothers also took part in that struggle, 
viz. : Andrew J., William and Stephen Riddle, all of whom 
did noble sen-ice in defending their country's flag and 
earned honorable reputations as brave and gallant soldiers. 
The early educational training of John A. Riddle was 
acquired in the public schools, followed by a full course 
in the high school in Bloomfield, and later he pursued the 
more advanced branches of learning in the State Uni- 
versity, where he made substantial progress and earned an 
honorable reputation as a student. In his choice of pro- 
fessions he decided upon the law, and in due time began 
the study of the same under competent instruction, and 
after acquiring a knowledge of the fundamental principles 
of jurisprudence was duly admitted to the bar and com- 
menced practicing at Bloomfield and remained there four 
years; then at Linton in 1901. where he soon worked into 
a lucrative legal business and won a conspicuous place 
among the rising attorneys of Greene county. From 1898 
to 1900 he served as deputy prosecuting attorney under 
the Hon. Charles D. Hunt, and so efficiently did he dis- 
charge the duties of the position that in the latter year he 
was nominated and elected prosecutor of the judicial dis- 
trict by the largest majorit}"^ ever given a candidate for 
prosecuting attorney in this district, filling the office one 
term. As prosecutor Mr. Riddle gained credit for him- 
self by ably and judiciously attending the duties devolv- 


ing upon him, and during his incumbency his name be- 
came a terror to lawbreakers and wrongdoers within 
his jurisdiction. Untiring in his efforts to subsen-e 
one of the highest interests of the people, he brought 
many offenders to the bar of justice and secured their 
conviction, sending quite a number to the state prison. 
Among the more noted criminal cases with which his 
name is connected and which occurred while he was 
deputy under Mr. Hunt was one for murder, in which he 
did a skillful bit of detective work by unearthing all the 
facts of the case and bringing the guilty party to answer 
for his heinous crime. 

This record of this noted case appears in No. 155 of 
the reports of the Indiana supreme court, under the title 
of "The Newark Murder Case." Mr. Riddle not only 
instituted proceedings which resulted in the discovery of 
the crime, the victim having been thrown in an old cis- 
tern nine years before, and after this lapse of time Mr. 
Riddle apprehended the woman's husband, one William 
Wagoner, as the murderer and demonstrating his guilt 
by such indisputable proof as to secure his conviction and 
a sentence of life imprisonment in the penitentiaiy. An- 
other matter which will always redound to his credit and 
give his name an honored place among the high-minded 
public servants of Indiana was the securing of indictments 
against some thirty odd individuals for selling their votes, 
all of whom were convicted and disfranchised for a tenn 
of years, over twjenty of the number suffering a most 
severe penalty. This signal victory for the purity and 
individuality of the ballot, the like of which was never 
before or since attempted in Greene county, speaks vol- 


limes for the fearlessness of this earnest pubhc ser\-ant, 
who in the discharge of his sworn duty knew no fear 
or favor, but made every other consideration sul)servient 
to the strict enforcement of tlie law. 

Mr. Riddle's ability and painstaking efforts as a 
prosecutor led to his nomination in 1906 for the office of 
judge of the circuit court. Ixit the Democratic party be- 
ing in a hopeless minority that year he sufifered defeat 
with the rest of the ticket, although making a gallant fight 
and carrj'ing more than the normal party strength. Since 
the expiration of his official term he has devoted his at- 
tention exclusively to the practice of his profession, and 
he now commands an extensive and very lucrative legal 
business, not only in his own county, but also he has a 
large clientele in the counties of Martin, Lawrence, Mon- 
roe. Owen, Morgan, Clay, Sullivan, Vigo and Marion, 
his standing as an able lawyer and successful practitioner 
giving him almost a state reputation. 

Mr. Riddle is public-spirited in all the term implies, 
and in addition to his large legal business and the interest 
he has ever taken in political affairs, he is also actively 
and prominently identified with secret fraternal work, be- 
longing to and taking an active part in the deliberations 
of a number of orders, among which is the Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, including the Royal Arch Mason degree, 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in which 
he served as first exalted ruler of Lodge Xo. 866, and 
one temi as district deputy grand exJilted ruler for the 
southern Lidiana district, the Independent Order of Red 
Men, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, including the Court 
of Honor, the Knights of Pythias. Ancient Order of 


United Workmen, Ancient Order of United ^Mechanics, 
Modem Woodmen of the W'orld and the Modern Wood- 
. men of America, in all of which he has been elevated to 
positions of honor and trust. x\lthough not identified 
with any church organization, he is a believer in religion 
and has profound respect for the wholesome influence it 
exerts as a great moral and spiritual agency for the ele- 
vation of man and betterment of society, hence he encour- 
ages all enterprises under this head and contributes to 
their support. 

Mr. Riddle was married on the iSth day of June, 
1902, to Effie J. Hornbeck, daughter of F. M. and S. E. 
Hombeck, of Greene county, Indiana, the union result- 
ing in the birth of a daughter named Wilma Eveline and 
a son who answers to the name of Maurice JefYerson 
Riddle. Mr. Riddle is the owner of real estate in Bloom- 
field and is interested in the production of oil in the south- 
west, though he devotes his entire time to his profession. 


The family of which the subject of this sketch is an 
honorable representative is traceable to North Carolina, 
where certain of the Sherwoods were known to have been 
living as long ago as the colonial period, but of the time 
of their arrival in this country and the facts concerning 
the early history of the family little specific data is ob- 
tainable. The name appears in connection with the 
pioneer settlement of southwestern Indiana and since the 


fifties it has been familiar in Greene county with the 
growtli and development of which the family has been 
actively and prominently identified. The Sherwoods have 
not only been among the leading agriculturists of this 
part of the state, but have also been represented in busi- 
ness and industrial circles and the learned professions, and 
in whatever capacity found they have honored their call- 
ing and reached a high standard of citizenship in their 
respective places of residence. 

Benjamin S. Sherwood was born in 1827 in W'ash- 
ington county, Indiana, and there grew to maturity, mar- 
rying in early manhood, Sarah H. Holmes, also a native 
of the county of Washington, where her birth occurred in 
the year 1828. In 1852 this couple moved to Greene 
county and took up their abode in Linton, of which place 
Mr. Sherwood was an early merchant, and he also served 
eight years as postmaster. He was among the substan- 
tial citizens who helped make Linton a progressive, 
law abiding place, doing much to promote the town's ad- 
vantages and induce a good class of people to become 
permanent residents. After a useful life of sixty-two 
years' duration he was called from the scenes of his earth- 
ly struggles and triumphs, dying at Linton in the month of 
Febmar}-, 1889. his wife sui-viving him. Later she, 
too, passed to immortality. They had a family of six 
children, whose names are as follows : William H., 
Daniel A., Hugh M. and Mrs. Bettie J. Hardesty; James 
B. and Edgar H., all living but Daniel A., who died in 
1879. With the exception of Mrs. Hardesty, who lives 
at Sullivan, Indiana, the suiwiving members of the family 
reside at Linton and are doing well in their respective 


James B. Sherwood, whose birth occurred in Greene 
county the 29th day of June, 1866, was reared to useful 
pursuits, and after receiving a good practical education 
began life for himself as a, coal miner, which he continued 
five years with fairly profitable results. Subsequenth- he 
spent seven years as a clerk, and still later was largely 
instrumental in establishing what is known as the L. T. 
Dickason Coal Company, having induced Col. L. T. Dick- 
ason, of Chicago, to purchase a large body of coal lands 
near Linton. This company afterward was merged with 
the United Fourth Vein Coal Company. Later on he 
bought the land and interested Colonel Dickason in the 
purchase of the coal lands, which resulted in the organ- 
ization and development of the Little Giant Coal Com- 
pany. In 1903 he organized and was president and man- 
ager of the North Linton Coal Company for two and one- 
half years until its merger with the United Fourth Vein 
Coal Company. He is at the present time a director and 
secretai-y of the latter company. 

During the past ten years Mr. Sherwood has been 
identified with the commercial interests of Linton and is 
also engaged in the same line of trade at the town of Cass, 
in Sullivan county, conducting a large general mercantile 
establishment at the former place, which is extremely 
patronized and doing a very profitable business at the lat- 
ter point, where he employs four clerks to meet the de- 
mands of his patrons. His life has been one of great 
activity, and that success has rewarded his efforts is indi- 
cated by the prominent position in business circles to 
which he has risen. 

Public-spirited and keenly interested in whatever 



tends to benefit liis town and county, Mr. Sherwood lias 
never had any ambition to rise above his fellow men in the 
matter of official honors, being content to be known simply 
■ as a business man and to other title than that of 
citizens. Politically he is a Republican, but by no means an 
active politician, and religiously the Baptist church holds 
his creed. His fraternal relations are represented by the 
Masonic order, of which he has been a member for a 
number of years, and the Benevolent and Protective Or- 
der of Elks, in which he is an active and influential 

June 1 6. 1889, was the date on which occurred the 
marriage of James B. Sherwood and Minnie Gibson, 
daughter of the Rev. William M. and Margaret Gibson, 
of Linton, the family at this time consisting of six chil- 
dren, namely: Bert, Stanley, George, Walsh, James, Jr., 
and Helen, all at home, the oldest son being a student at 
Moores Hill College. 


A most interesting addition to the character and 
variety of the American people was made by the incom- 
ing of those settlers termed the Scotch-Irish. These 
sturdy emigrants, after ranging southward from Pennsyl- 
vania along the longitudinal valleys of the Appalachian 
highlands, ultimately made their way over the mountains 
into the promising regions of Kentucky and Tennessee. 
Here they found opportunity for home making, and to- 


day their descendants, among whom is our subject, can 
be traced by the thousands as they have gradually drifted 
into the neighboring territory'. 

Some time prior to the Revolution John Lowry came 
to Virginia from Ireland. Originally he came from Scot- 
land. He took part in the Revolution and was wounded 
at the battle of Camden. Having his leg shot ofif by a 
cannon ball, he lay on the field for three days before aid 
came. During'this time he lived from the haversacks and 
canteens of dead comrades. There were three children, 
two sons and one daughter, John, the eldest ; William Al- 
exander, second, and Betsy, the daughter. Both boys en- 
listed in the War of 1812. William A. was only sixteen, 
and entered the army as a fife major. Ever afterward 
he was known as Major Lowr\'. 

After the war he married Lavina Seigler. Shorty 
after they moved to Bledsoe county, Tennessee, and were 
engaged in farming. Afterward they moved to Warren 
county, near McMinnville. Tennessee. He was still a 
farmer and owned slaves. \\'hile here he was major of 
the militia and served one term in the state legislature. 

During the Civil war he was a Union man, although 
he was not in the service himself. He caused a number 
of Confederate prisoners to take the oath of allegiance. 

He was an active member of the Christian church. 
He died of heart failure in 1877. They had nine children, 
seven boys and two girls, Phillip, Francis, John, William 
Alexander, Newton, Effie, Jasper, VanBuren and Polk. 

William A. was bom in Warren county, Tennessee, 
in 1822 and was educated at Irvin College. In 1846 he 
was married to Julia Ann Maria Morgan, of White coun- 


ty. who was a daug'hter of James H. and Mary Morgan, 
who were of Irish descent. James H. Morgan was a di- 
rect descendant of General Daniel ^I'lorgan, of tlie Revolu- 
tion, also a relative of Gen. John H. Morgan, of the Civil 
war. Both were members of the Christian church. 
James H. Morgan died in 1861. In 1865 Mrs. Morgan 
was married to W. D. Cams, a prominent minister of the 
Christian church and one of the foremost educator^ of 
middle Tennessee, having occupied the chair at Burritt 
College, at Spencer; Milton College, at Fayettsville: ^lan- 
chester College, at Manchester, and back t(.) Burritt Col- 
lege, where he died in 1879. 

William A. studied medicine under Dr. Jesse Barns, 
a noted physician of Sparta, practiced medicine until early 
in 1862, when he enlisted in the Confederate sen-ice un- 
der General Bushrod Johnson. Shortly after his enlist- 
ment he was made hospital steward, which place he held 
until he was captured by the Federals and placed in Rock 
Island Prist m, where he remained fourteen months. 

He was actively engaged in the battles of Cliicka- 
mauga. Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. Dur- 
ing the battle of Missionary Ridge he had charg'e of the 
infirmary corps. On the 4th day of Febiaiary, 1865, he 
took the oath of allegiance and returned home. 

On account of the guerrilla warfare which was being 
carried on in that part of the state, which made it very 
uncomfortable for those who had taken the oath, he was 
forced to move to Trousdale county. Here General Dib- 
rell's men had been disbanded, which made conditions dif- 
ferent. By this time he had sacrificed everything he pos- 
sessed for the lost cause. 


In 1871 he moved to Grundy county and engaged 
in farming. He was a member of the Christian church. 
He died in 1879. 

They were the parents of fourteen children: three 
died quite young. Those who lived were Sidney Lisane- 
ly. Amanda. James. Harvey. Alexander G., Jennie. Alice 
Eva, Josephine. Virginia, Willie and Mattie. 

On the maternal side Nathan Fults. grandfather of 
our subject, was also a native of Tennessee. He occupied 
himself at farming, and in the ante-bellum days was a 
slave owner. He and his wife were members of the 
Methodist denomination and took an active part in church 
work. He acquired the age of seventy-six years and was 
the father of seven children, three sons and four 

Sidney Lowry, father of our subject, was born Janu- 
ary 29, 1853, 3-nd received his early education in the pub- 
lic schools of Tennessee and at home. In early life he 
followed farming, but later, in 1886, turned his attention 
to mining, and has risen to the position of mine foreman. 
He is now located at Tracy City, Tennessee, and is still 
energetic and active. In 1874 he was married to Nannie 
J. Fults. He takes a deep interest in religious work, be- 
ing a member of the Christian church. He is an earnest 
worker in the Sunday school, doing much to popularize 
that phase of the church life. He became the father of 
nine children, of whom the following survive: John M., 
our subject; Hugh A., of Jackson, Tennessee; Mark, at 
Tracy City with his father, and Bruce, also at home. 

John M. Lowry, our subject, who was born in Ten- 
nessee September 13, 1875, received such early education 


as tlie local schools afforded, and later graduated from 
the Pleasant Hill Academy, at Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. 
Being interested in the subject of electricity he began to 
devote his studies to that subject and found it so inter- 
esting that he has since devoted his studies to that field. 
After some experience in his native community he came 
to Indiana, taking up his studies at Rose Polytechnic. 
Upon coming to Jasonville he took charge of all the elec- 
trical machinery for the leading mining company there, 
and has since filled that position. 

On December 2.2, 1902, Mr. Lowry was joined in 
marriage to Mattie A. Simpson, also a native of Tennes- 
see, and this union has resulted in the birth of two chil- 
dren, Raymond, born September 17, 1903, and Harold, 
born January 28, 1905. Mr, and Mrs. Lowry are mem- 
bers of the Christian church and give the work their 
hearty support and co-operation. Mr. Lowry is a Demo- 
crat, but does not give much time to politics, although he 
has consented to serve his fellow citizens in the capacity 
of councilman. Li all of his associations he makes pleas- 
ant and permanent friendships, and commands the high- 
est confidence in his business integrity. 


It is with a feeling of satisfaction that the writer es- 
says the task of touching upon the details of such a record 
as has been that of the honored subject whose life now 
comes under this review, for as a result of virtuous liv- 


ing- his example has been for good and his influence up- 

Robert T. McKee is a native of Scott county, Ken- 
tucky, where he was bom August 30. 1834, the son of 
Joseph H. and Lucinda' (Bartlett) McKee, the grand- 
father of the former having been a native of Scotland, 
who settled in Kentucky, where Robert McKee, the grand- 
father of the subject, w^as bom and spent his life. There 
were five children in Grandfather McKee's family, the 
subject's father being- fourth in the order of birth. Grand- 
mother McKee was a Todd before her marriage, of the 
same family tree as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. The 
father of the subject spent his early life in Kentucky, 
where he was bom in 1805. He came to Indiana in 1839, 
settling in Owen county. He was a millwright, having 
spent seven years as an apprentice, and following this 
trade all his life, being considered one of the best me- 
chanics in the state. He worked for seventy-five cents a 
day and furnished his own tools. He raised nine children, 
eight of whom were boys. He was an active member of 
the church of Christ, as was also his wife. The fonner 
was an elder at the time of his death in 1875. He had 
been justice of the peace for twenty years and was re- 
garded as a man without a blemish on his character. His 
wife was a woman of the best type and possessed more 
than ordinary industr}', having manufactured the cloth 
from wool and flax for the clothing of her entire family 
for many years. She was born in 181 1 and died in 1876. 

Robert T. McKee, the subject, had but little school- 
ing. He was compelled to assist in supporting the family, 
working with his father until he was twenty years old. 


when lie «as married to Margaret Mclndoo. to wliicli 
union six children were born, all now deceased. His wife 
died November 28, 1870. Two 3'ears later the subject 
married Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (nee Birdsell). One 
child, who is now deceased, was bom to this union. This 
wife lived until December 13, 1874. In July, 1875, Mr. 
McKee married his third and last wife, who was Mrs. 
Martha \A'ag'g"oner. Four children were born to this 
union, the second dying in infancy. Rhoda, the first child, 
is the wife of Walter G. Burchan; James G. is married 
and has one child: Maggie D. is the wife of Samuel Jef- 
fers. All of these children are active Christians. 

Mr. McKco CMiiininiced life without means ami had 
a hard strug-g1e i^ -et a ^tart and care for a family, but 
his industry and persistency, coupled with sound judg- 
ment and honesty of purpose, soon began to bring tangible 
results, as such principles always will when properly ap- 
plied, and the subject was able to begin farming on a 
large scale after following the life of a mechanic f(_)r a 
few years. He farmed for six years and was becoming 
well established when he heard his country's call for loyal 
citizens to assist in saving the Union, and, with no regrets, 
Mr. McKee severed home ties, left his plow and shoul- 
dered a musket, enlisting in 1861 in Company B, Thirty- 
first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, subsequently taking part 
in the engagements of this regiment at the front, ha\-ing 
fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Chickamauga and many 
others of minor importance. He was twice wounded, 
once severely, in the battle of Chickamauga, where he 
was captured and held for twelve days, when he was 
jjaroled and sent !■) the hiis])ital. later rctinaiing to his 


command, with whicli he remained until September 15, 
1864. He never missed a roll call without permission, 
was never arrested or placed in the guard house during 
his sen-ice. Six of Mr. McKee's brothers were also gal- 
' lant soldiers in the Union Amiy and the husband of his 
sister, Orin J. Tally, was the first member of the 
regiment lost, he dying at Henderson, Kentucky. James 
W., our subject's oldest brother, was captured and thrown 
in prison at Andersonville, where he was kept for one 
year, being so reduced by starvation that he died in Golds- 
borough, North Carolina. His brother, Alexander C, 
was also in the Andersonville prison for a year. Albert 
B. McKee, the subject's brother, was wounded in the arm. 
which caused it to remain stiff. 

Robert T. McKee has been prosperous since the war, 
now owning three hundred and sixty acres of as good 
land as is to be found in Greene county, all under a high 
state of improvement. Nineteen acres of this is within 
the corporate limits of Lyons, on which the subject has 
a comfortable residence in which he lives. This land is 
all in the hands of his family, being managed and worked 
b}' them. However, Mr. McKee superintends the work 
as much as possible, for his ability as an agriculturist is 
perhaps unaqualed by any man in the county, despite his 
advanced age. 

The subject has had a remarkable record in that he 
never swore an oath in his life, never attended a dance or 
party and never played a game of cards or gambled in any 
way. He is grateful for this fact now in his old age, and 
also thankful that he has been prosperous enough that his 
last years will not be spent in want. He joined the church 


of Christ when nineteen years old and has been an active 
worker ever since in this churcli. Pohticahy lie is a Re- 
pubHcan and always stands -for clean politics and he is 
admired for his honest, clean and sober private and busi- 
ness life. 


No citizen of Linton, Indiana, in recent years left so 
indelible an imprint of his sterling worth and strong per- 
sonality on the minds and hearts of his friends and ac- 
quaintances as did the subject of this life record, who, 
through many years of toil and endeavor, showed how 
honesty of purpose and the following of the old "golden 
rule" in eveiy avenue of life would gain success in busi- 
ness, genuine respect in social life and a high place in 
the moral and religious world. 

William F. Wolford, son of John W. and :\Iartha E. 
Wolford, was born near Linton, Greene county, Septem- 
ber i8, 1867, and he was stmimoned to close his earthly 
career by the Shepherd "who giveth his beloved sleep" on 
November 17, 1906, at the age of thirty-nine years. He 
was the third son in the order of birth, and he spent his 
early life on the old homestead, assisting his father in the 
farm work and availing himself of every opportunity to 
develop himself mentally until 1886, when he left his par- 
ental roof and entered a store in Linton, clerking for his 
father and brothers. So readily did he take to the mer- 
cantil business that he became a member of the firm of 
Wolford & Sons in 1889. and ever after this to the close 


of his life he was fuhy identified with them in all tlieir 
aflfairs, finally becoming- manager of this immense busi- 
ness concern, and as such he was painstaking and untiring 
in seeing that those having business dealings with the 
firm were treated with the utmost fairness and uniform 
kindness, and his careful and minute knowledge of the 
business which he had in hand caused it to grow from 
year to year in importance and influence. 

The subject was joined in marriage to Cynthia J. 
Olgus, October 20, 1889, to which happy union three 
bright children were born, filling their home with addi- 
tional sunshine. They are Thaddeus, Clifton and Charles 

Mr. W'olford was converted to the Christian religion 
in 1886 and was baptized into the fellowship of Olive 
Branch Baptist church by the Rev. Buchanon August 15, 
1889. and by letter became a constituent member of the 
First Baptist church of Linton. From the first he threw 
his energy into the work of the church, sharing in its joys 
and sorrows, and bearing a very large share of its 

In his social life Mr. ^^'olford was just as popular 
as in business. He was always pleasant, entertaining and 
equally courteous to all classes of people. While his busi- 
ness occupied the major part of his time he always found 
a few moments to devote to- social life. In secret circles 
he was a member of the Metropolitan Lodge. Knights of 
Pythias, of which he was a leading and influential mem- 
ber. Of this order he had held several offices, and at the 
time of his death was first lieutenant of the uniform rank. 

Though a young man in years Mr. Wolford had en- 


cleared himself to all with whom he came in contact by 
his genial and unwavering good nature, which mani- 
fested itself in every act of his life. A Christian by choice, 
yet he numbered among his friends skeptics of the most 
ultra views ; and he held their respect by his upright and 
manly walk before all mankind. He bent no humble knee 
that wealth might follow fawning. The poor and humble 
found in him a friend and well-wisher. The life of Mr. 
Wolford furnishes a striking example to other young men 
just entering on a business career, and if they follow up 
his ideals success cannot help but crown their efforts, for 
in the short years allotted to him he measured up to the 
standard, leaving behind liim the richest heritage <if which 
any man is capable — a g()0(l name. 


This well-known, highly esteemed and useful citizen 
of Greene county, who has some time since "joined the 
choir invisible of the immortal dead," was the father of 
Mrs. William F. Wolford, of Linton, Indiana, and he 
was universally regarded among his numerous friends 
and acquaintances as a man of many admirable attributes. 
His earthly career was closed on June 20, 1890, at the 
residence of John W. W'olford, after a long illness. Mr. 
Olgus was in his sixty-second year, and was a native of 
Prussia, from which country he emigrated with his par- 
ents in 1844. His father settled on a farm that for 
forty-seven years was the home of the deceased, dur- 


ing which thne he buih up the place to a high state of 
cuhivation and general improvement, at the same time 
making his influence felt for good morals, clean politics 
and sound civic life throughout his community. 

William Olgus was one of the many well-to-do Ger- 
man-American families, who. by patient industry, frugal 
habits and honest dealings, had acted well his part in 
life's strenuous battle. After his death one who knew him 
well paid this splendid tribute to his memor\- : "Not a 
dishonest dollar ever passed through his hands." 

The subject was raised by Catholic parents, but he 
never affiliated with that church, often attending seiwices 
at Protestant churches, contributing to their support. He 
was a peaceful, quiet and truthful citizen, who never had 
a law suit nor a personal difficulty with his neighbors, 
and it is doubtful is he ever had an enemv-. 


Among tlie representative farmers of Greene county 
is the subject of this review, who is the owner of eighty- 
five acres of good land and is carrying on the various de- 
partments of his enterprise with that discretion and en- 
evgy which always insure success. Mr. Taylor was bom 
in Fleming county, Kentucky, February 21, 1838, the 
son of Richard Oglesby Taylor. Grandfather Taylor 
came to America from England and settled in Virginia, 
where he farmed until the War of 1812, when he enlisted 
and was killed in battle. He was of a family of four boys 
and three girls, one brother having come to America. 


Richard Taylor, father of the subject, was born in Appo- 
mattox county, Virginia. Having been bound out to an 
uncle in early life he never attended school a day. Re- 
maining on his uncle's farm and working with the slaves 
until he was nineteen years old, he ran away and went 
to Kentucky, where he learned the miller's trade, in time 
becoming an expert miller, having no superior in the Ohio 
valley, working in one mill for thirty-two years. He came 
to Greene county, Indiana, in 1859, buying a farm of two 
hundred and eighty acres, all timbered, which he cleared, 
improved and made a fann on which he lived during the 
remaining days of his life, having died there July 28, 
1885, at the age of seventy-four years. He married 
Louise \A'illiams. whn was a Dunkard in religious faith. 
He was a l-'ree Alasun and a member of the Christian 
church. ]-j'glit cliililren were born to them, fi\'e of wlnim 
are living in i<;oS. 

John S. Taylor, uur subject, attended subscription 
.schools in Kentucky until he was sixteen years old and 
was raised to work in the flouring mills, having begun 
when he left school and worked continuously in various 
mills until he was twenty-four, when he left his work and 
offered his sen^ices in defense of the Union, having enlist- 
ed in Company H, Sixteenth Kentucky Infantry, in 1861, 
serving seventeen months as a soldier in his native state. 
At the time President Lincoln issued his amnesty proc- 
lamation five hundred members of this regiment, includ- 
ing the subject, laid down their amis and never returned 
to service. After this the subject worked at various kinds 
of employment in western states and in Arkansas, then 
he returned to Greene county, Indiana, and settled on 
a fami, a part of his father's old place, in Wright town- 


ship, where he has since resided, the farm consisting of 
eighty-six acres, all but six being under the plow. 

Mr. Taylor was married December 26, 1867, to 
Sarah E. Reel, daughter of Moses and Lucinda (Gihnore) 
Reel, the fonner of North Carolina and the latter of Vir- 
ginia, the father having been five years old when he was 
brought to Indiana, his parents settling in Knox county, 
where he farmed and operated a saw-mill when he reached 
manhood. He was a soldier in the Black Hawk war. 
George Reel, uncle of the subject, was a soldier in the 
War of 181 2. The Taylor family has always adhered 
to the Presbyterian faith. Six children have been born 
to the subject and wife as follows: Moses W., born Au- 
gust 18, 1869, is single: Elmer, born April 18, 1871, 
who has a wife and eight children, is living on part of - 
his father's fann; Louise E., who was born September 
7, 1872, is the wife of Benjamin Lund and has four chil- 
dren ; Harriett, who was bom July 17, 1875-, is the widow 
of Charles A. Bledsoe, and the mother of four boys: 
James Franklin, who was born April 29. 1877, is married 
and living in Bloomington, attending the State L'ni- 
versity; Cooper, who was bom !\Larch 6, 1879, is married 
and living at Jasonville. 

Mr. Taylor is a Missionary Baptist and his wife is 
a Presbyterian. He is an independent voter, and always 
casts his ballot for the best man, being public-spirited and 
desirous of witnessing the triumph of the right in political 
and all other questions. He takes an active part in church 
work, having been superintendent of the Sunday school 
at his home church for seventeen years. He was super- 
intendent of the first Sunday school in Wright township, 
which continued for one vear. 



In an anah'sis of the character of this well-known 
citizen of Linton we find the qualities of upright man- 
hood — loyalty in citizenship, reliability in business and 
conscientiousness in the discharge of the duties of private 
and public life — and these are so combined as to make his 
a strong personality, commanding respect and confidence. 
Mr. Turvey has been a resident of this city from its in- 
fancy, having come here when only a few houses stood on 
the site of a now bustling population of over ten thou- 
sand people, and which in a few decades promises to be- 
come one of the most important cities of the state. The 
subject has been identified with its growth, which has 
. been phenomenal, having from the first had that innate 
foresight to see the future possibilities of the place, and 
having confined his energies to this locality, it has bene- 
fited him and he has undoubtedly been of great benefit 
to its upbuilding. It is with more than ordinary interest 
that we read of this man, who, with only fifty cents in 
his pocket, and no other worldW wealth, came to this 
town, and, after two decades of endeavor, has become 
one of the most prominent and successful business men 
there, being at present an extensive property owner and 
the dominating spirit in several large enterprises. 

Mr. Tur\-ey was bom in \\'ood county. West Vir- 
ginia, Februaiy 21, 1849, the son of George and Adeline 
(Leashure) Turvey. The former and his brother, Mor- 
dica, and one brother of the subject were all members of 
Company E, Eleventh West Virginia Volunteers, and 
sen-ed thn mahout the war as defenders of the Union. 


The father of the subject died in Jackson county. Ohio, 
where he settled after the war. as a result of a wound re- 
ceived in the battle of New Creek, West Virginia, while 
sen-ing under General Phil Sheridan in the Shenandoah 
Valley campaign. The mother of the subject also passed 
away in Jackson county, Ohio. They were the parents of 
three sons and four daug-hters. five of whom are now liv- 
ing. They are Harrison A., living on a farm in Jackson , 
county, Ohio; Hiram, our subject,; Emily F., deceased, 
who was Mrs. Barnard and lived in Jackson county, Ohio ; 
Martha J., now Mrs. Crighton, of Plain City, Ohio; 
Perry, a fanner near Springfield, Ohio; Anna E., now 
Mrs. Staggs, of Columbus, Ohio; Mary Alice Davis, 
deceased, late of Madison Mills, Ohio. 

Hiram Turvey, the subject, was educated in the pay 
schools of West Virginia up to his sixteenth year, when 
he accompanied his paternal family to Jackson county, 
Ohio, where he completed his minority on a farm. Then 
he came to Linton, Indiana, in 1887 and was engaged 
in mining, which profession he learned in Ohio. He fol- 
lowed this work for about twelve years, when he joined 
a corporation and purchased eight hundred acres of coal 
lands, operating three mines as the Island Valley Coal 
Mining Company, of which Mr. Turvey was a director. 
This company was dissolved in 1904 and the subject be- 
came identified with the Sugar Valley Coal Company, of 
West Terre Haute, with which he is now connected as a 
stockholder and director. He is president of the Linton 
Ice and Cold Storage Company, of which he was one of 
the organizers, and which is capitalized at forty thou- 
sand dollars. Mr. Turvey is the owner of five substan- 
tial residences, which bring him in a good rental. 



The subject was married in September. 1867, to Har- 
riett L. Harper, a native of Jackson county, Ohio, daugh- 
ter of C. N. and Jamia Harper, of Jackson county, Ohio, 
both deceased. She has proved a faithful helpmeet, and 
to her encouragement Mr. Turvey owes much of his splen- 
did achievement. They have no children. Both are mem- 
bers of the Baptist church. Mr. Turvey has always been 
a stanch Republican. He was secretaiy and treasurer 
of the town of Linton before it was incorporated as a 
city. He has been a member of the Knights of Pythias 
for the past nineteen years, and was also a member of the 
Sons of Veterans in Ohio, but is now not affiliated with 
the latter organization. 


This well-known business man of Linton was born 
at Bloomington, Illinois, March 12, 1865, the son of 
James and Huldah (Horine) Gageby, natives of Greens- 
burg, Indiana, and Bloomington, Illinois, respectively. 
James Gageby was a building contractor, which profes- 
sion he became well infomied in and made a success in 
every particiilar. having erected many large buildings in 
cities and numerous fine residences all over the countiy. 
He died at Greensburg, Indiana, in 1886, age fifty-nine 
years. The subject's mother, who was a woman of fine 
traits, died at Bloomington, Illinois, in 1868. Three 
sons were born to them, of whom George is the oldest. 
He is a farmer at Greensburg, Indiana. Frank A., the 


subject of this sketch, was the second son of James Gage- 
by, and Wood was the youngest child. He is in the dain- 
business at Greensburg, Indiana. 

The Gageby family moved from Bloomington, Illi- 
nois, to Greensburg, Indiana, in 1868, the mother of the 
subject having died prior to this removal. The subject 
of this sketch lived on a farm at Greensburg until he was 
twenty years old. He was educated in the public schools 
there, later taking a four years' course in Alleghany Col- 
lege, at Meadville, Pennsylvania, graduating from that 
institution in the spring of 1890 in the scientific and en- 
gineering department. He took up civil engineering as 
a private study, and he has since devoted his life prin- 
cipally to that work. He has been employed in railroad 
engineering, mine work, city engineering and other simi- 
lar lines of work. 

In the spring of 1908 he was nominated on the Re- 
publican ticket for the office of county surveyor of 
Greene county. His nomination was generally regarded 
as a fortunate one, for he stands high in his profession. 
He came to Linton in the capacity of engineer of the 
Island Coal Company in 1894, and he has been a resident 
of that town ever since. He was engaged in sewer build 
ing in Martinsville, Indiana, for one year. He is at 
present (1908) chief engineer of the sanitary sewer sys- 
tem now building in Linton. 

Mr. Gageby was married in October, 1894, to Dora 
Hatfield (nee Mrs. Osborn). She is the daughter of Ale 
Hatfield, a hotel proprietor in Bedford, Indiana. The 
subject and wife have one living child, ^^'o(:)d. who is 
twelve years old (1908). 


The subject is a meml^er of the Benevolent and P'"o- 
tective Order of Elks and he has attained the thirty-sec- 
ond degree in Masoniy- Both he and his wife are mem- 
bers of the ^Methodist church in Linton. 


This well-known citizen and business man of Linton 
was bum in Stockton township, Greene comity, Deceni- 
l;)er 4, 1S70. He is a son of Levi and Rachel ( Hatfield) 
Gastineau, both natives of this county. The former was 
a pioneer fanner, having spent all his mature years on 
a fann. He found farm work a pleasure, and, being- in- 
dustriiius. made the work a success. He died at the age 
of fifty }ears and his wife at the age of fifty-nine years. 
They had a family of thirteen children, of whom nine 
are living. They are Marion, Ann \\'est, James, Martha 
Rose, Bettie Haseman, Patience, P. E.. Grant and Henry. 
James is a plumber living in Alhambra. California. P. E. 
is a passenger conductor li\-ing in Indianapolis. At pres- 
ent he is connected with the Indianapolis & Vincennes 
Railroad Company. Grant is a farmer near Palestine. 

Henry Gastineau, the subject of this sketch, was 
reared on the old home place, and farmed until he was 
twenty-four years old. He was educated in the public 
schools in Stockton, township, near Linton, to which city 
he moved in 1S94. He has been engaged in the mer- 
cantile and real estate business since that time. He was in 


the general merchandise business for two years, since 
which time he has devoted his energies to buying, selhng 
and building in all kinds of real estate. He built the Gas- 
tineau block on W^est Vincennes street in 1904. It is one 
of the handsomest blocks in the city, the building cost- 
■ ing about twenty-fi\-e thousand dollars. He owns a two- 
story stone-front building on North Main street and two 
residences. In 1900 he took a six-months' trip to the 
Pacific coast and California to visit his brother. James, 
and through the south. 

The subject was married in 1897 to Sarah McKeag. 
a native of Greene county. She lived but two years after 
her marriage. The subject married his present wife. Net- 
tie A. Jeffers, in 1902. She was reared near Riley, In- 
diana. Two daughters have been born to this union, Hen- 
rietta, born May 17, 1904, and Opal, born June 2. 1907. 

Mr. Gastineau is a member of the, Woodmen of the 
World and of the Knights of Pythias and Knig'hts and 
Ladies of Honor. His political views are always with 
the Republicans, but he has never held office. He is a 
member of the Baptist church and his wife belongs to 
the Methodist church. The Gastineau family are mostly 
members of the Christian church. They are of French 
antecedents. The Hatfield family as represented by the 
mother of the subject were among the pioneers of Greene 
county, Indiana, having come here from Tennessee. 

Mr. Gastineau is regarded as one of Linton's best 
business men, and he stands high, not only in the busi- 
ness world, but in all circles of that city, owing to his 
honorable business methods, his courteous manners and 
his upright principles. 



\\'illiam F. Cornelius, the subject, was born in Louis- 
ville. Kentucky, July 30, 1844. He was educated at Cory- 
den Academ}' in the common branches and later took a 
business course in the Louisville Business College. Soon 
after he left school he enlisted in Company K, Eighty- 
first Indiana Volunteer Infantn-, in 1863, and sen-ed 
until the close of the war, being mostly on detached 
service, in which capacity he was sent to Greene coun- 
ty, Indiana. He was deputy postmaster for two years 
and postmaster for fifteen years following that. He 
took up a permanent residence in Linton in Septeml.ier, 
1869, and has been there continuously up to the present 
time. He established a groceiy and provision store in 
1874, operating his commercial business in connection 
with the postofiice. He was engaged in general macadam- 
izing for six years. His place of business was burned 
out in 1885, causing a loss of seven thousand dollars. 
Since then he has been engaged in the real estate and in- 
surance business. He had begim this business before his 
misfortune and has been thirty-four years in all in this 
work. He has a good list of old-line insurance companies : 

The subject was married April 8, 1874. to Alice V. 
Osborn, daughter of David L. and Annie E. (Buck) Os- 
born. The subject and wife had the following children : 
Maudie, who died when eighteen months old; Myrtle, 
wife of William Smitherman, an electrician, in Chicago; 
Ann, wife of John T. Bennett, an engineer, located in 
Shelburn, Indiana; David W. is a young man of excep- 
tionally high literary attainments, who graduated in the 


Linton high scliool before he was sixteen \ears old and 
from De Pauw University before he was twenty-one. 
He then became assistant instructor in physics and civil 
engineering at Purdue University and is now in the Uni- 
versity of Cahfornia. 

The subject is the son of W'ilham H. and Sarah A. 
(Robbins) Cornehus, the former a native of Kentucky and 
the latter a native of Massachusetts. They were of Eng- 
lish and Scotch descent. The Robbins family trace their 
ancestors to a family of this name who came to America 
with the Pilgrims in the Mayflower. The subject's moth- 
er was a teacher. After coming to Ohio she married 
William H. Cornelius at Georgetown in 1837. The fatni- 
ly lived at Corydon, Indiana, on the route of the Morgan 
raid during the Civil war, and their house was raided by 
them. A considerable battle was fought there and ninety- 
six of Morgan's men were killed. The subject assisted 
in burying them. William Cornelius was a minister in the 
Methodist Episcopal church who was transferred from 
the Kentucky to the Indiana conference in 1849. He 
was bom 181 7 and died in 1874. His wife was bom in 
1 82 1 and died in 1865. 

The subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, in which he takes an active part. He has held 
numerous offices in the church. He is a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being one of the 
charter members of the Linton (Indiana) Lodge. His 
father was a thirty-third degree Mason. He is a Repub- 
lican and a recognized pension attomey. He owns two 
hundred and forty acres of famiing land in Grant town- 
ship. Greene county, Both he and his wife are stockhold- 


ers in the First National Bank in Linton. He has always 
been successful in his business ventures and is highly re- 
spected in the town where he now lives. 


Lealdas S. Forbes holds in a most creditable man- 
ner the responsible position of bookkeeper and paymaster 
for the Summit Coal and Mining Company, with offices in 
Linton. He was bdrn at Moores Hill, Dearborn county, 
Lidiana, Januaiy 15, 1858. the son the the Rev. Lealdas 
Forbes, who was a pioneer minister of considerable note 
in the Methodist church in Indiana, his first work in this 
state including twentj'-seven appointments, among which 
was Bloomfield, Spencer and \\^oi-thington. He was a 
self-educated man, working his way through college later 
in life. He became principal of the Ladies' Seminary at 
Bloomfield, under the jurisdiction of the Methodist con- 
ference of Lidiana. the old buildings being subsequently 
used for the village high school. He also owned a farm 
near Mineral City, where most of his family were reared. 
He was engaged in active work in the Lidiana conference 
for fifty-four years, during which time he became one of 
the most noted ministers in the state. He was three times 
married and had two children by each marriage, a son 
and a daughter. The subject of this sketch is the 
youngest living child, the other survivors being Mrs. 
Louisa Farro, of Tracey. Minnesota ; Mrs. Libbie A. Fel- 
lows, of Los Angeles. California, one from each union. 


The subject's father died at Le Roy. Illinois. May 23, 
1896. and his last wife died in Bloomfield in 1902. The 
latter's maiden name was Rachael Fisher, whose record 
harks back to Revolutionaiy stock, her grandfather, Ma- 
thias Fisher, being one of the patriots captured by the 
Indians at the mouth of Laughrie creek and sold to the 
French and held prisoners on the Island of Montreal until 
they effected their escape. The Fisher family were all 
liberally educated and were teachers. They were of 
Scotch ancestry. 

Lealdas Forbes, our subject, was educated in the pub- 
lic schools, at the State University and De Pauw Uni- 
versity, in each of which he made splen.did records for 
scholarship, graduating from the last named in the law 
department in 1885, after which he practiced law at 
Bloomfield for three years with marked success, being 
deputy^ prosecuting attorney for two years. Then he went 
to Marshall, Minnesota, where he practiced for two years, 
when his father's health failed, causing our subject to re- 
turn home and take charge of the fann, wliich he suc- 
cessfully managed until 1896. He was in the employ of 
the McCormick Han'esting Machine Company for two 
years. He was deputy county auditor from 1898 to 1902, 
since which time he has occupied his present position, hav- 
ing moved from Bloomfield to Linton in May, 1903: In 
all this work he showed a marked executive ability. 

Mr. Forbes married August 14. 1885. Ella Lowder, 
the accomplished daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. R. Low- 
der, of Bloomfield. Mr. and Mrs. Forbes have five liv- 
ing children and one deceased. They are Elsie, Julia. 
May, Herbert, Rowena and Mildred, all living at home. 


The first two named are graduates of the Linton high 
school and Elsie is a student (1908) in the State Uni- 
versity. Lealda died at the age of one year. Herbert L. 
is in his junior year at the high school. 

Fraternally Mr. Forbes is a charter member of the 
Acolade Lodge, No. 63, Knights of Pythias, at Bloom- 
field, where he still holds his membership. He is also a 
member of the Uniform Rank, No. 93, of Linton, and 
is a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Or- 
der of Elks. Lodge No. 866. at Linton. He belongs to 
the Woodmen of the World. He has been chancellor 
commander and representative to the grand lodge of the 
Knights of Pythias, being a member of the encampment 
rank. \h-. Furl.ies. wife and eldest daughter are members 
of the ?\Ieth(idist cliurch. Politically the subject has al- 
ways been a Republican, following in the footsteps of his 
father, who was one of the organizers of that party, and 
who supported John C. Fremont for the presidency in 

Mr. Forbes is generally popular wherever he goes, 
and is held in high esteem by every one who knows him. 
butli in liusiness and prixate life. 


The two most strongly marked characteristics of 
both the east and the west are combined in the residents 
of the section of the country' of which this volume treats. 
The enthusiastic enterprise which overleaps all obstacles 


and makes possible almost any undertaking in the com- 
paratively new and vigorous western states is here, tem- 
pered by the stable and more conserv^ative policy that we 
have borrowed from our eastern neighbors, and the com- 
bination is one of peculiar and unusual force and power. 
This happy combination of characteristics is possessed by 
the subject of this review. 

Clinton Dudley Hixon was born in the Buckeye state, 
January 25, 1856, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
(Myers) Hixson, the fomier also an Ohioan by birth, 
claiming Fayette county as the spot of his nativity, which 
is one of the richest and best counties of the state, and. 
useless to say, Benjamin Hixson was a prosperous 
farmer in that favored section. However,' being allured 
by the greater inducements of Greene county, Indiana, he 
moved from his native heath to the site of the present 
thriving city of Linton when it was but a dot on the 
map. Here he purchased a large farm which is now a 
leading portion of the residence section of the city — East 
A street. The subject of this sketch still lives on a lot of 
the original farm, now peopled with fashionable resi- 
dences. Benjamin Hixson lived on the old homestead 
until his death in March, 1869, at the early age of forty- 
three years. The mother of "Dudley," as he is familiarly 
called by his friends, was of German parentage, and she 
passed away in 1905, at the age of seventy-nine years, 
after a consecrated Christian life. Four sons were born 
to Benjamin and Elizabeth Hixson, namely : John and 
William, deceased ; Lucian, a resident of Linton, and Clin- 
ton Dudley, our subject. 

Mr. Hixson, who was reared on a farm, naturally 


tiHik til agricultural pursuits and farmed successfully all 
his life up t(j 1907, since which time he has been asso- 
ciated with his sons in the hardware business in Linton, 
in which he has been successful, a substantial trade hav- 
ing been built up with the city and surrounding country 
by his sons several years previous. 

The subject was united in the bonds of matrimony to 
Amanda Craig in April, 1883. She is the daughter of 
Thomas Craig, at that time a well-known citizen of 
Greene county. Two children have been bom to this 
union : Lee. age twenty-two. in 1908, who married Jo- 
sephine Jewel, of \\'orthington, is father of one child and 
lives in Linton; Otto, the second son of the subject, is 
eighteen years' old and has resided in Linton for some 
time. Both boys are very promising business people, hav- 
ing shown from the first that tliev pl.^^c^-c.I the necessary 
prerequisites to succeed in the Wi'rM i-i strenu(jus en- 
deavor and keen competition. 

The subject delights to tell of the days when his 
father lived on the farm consisting of two hundred and 
.seven acres, when the surmunding country in the vicinity 
of Linton was covered with dense wmuls. That was 
when the vast underlying coal deposits were unknown. 
The roads were so bad in those days that Mr. Hixson 
kept two oxen yoked all the time for the purpose of pull- 
ing teams out of the mud on A street. 

Our subject is highly honored in the congregation of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, being a trustee of the 
same, perfomiing these duties methodically as he does his 
private business afifairs. He is a member of the Knights 
of Pvthias and i-^ regarded .as a stalwart Democrat and is 


proud of it, for he is the only Hixson of his family name 
that is a supporter of this party. No citizen of Linton or 
the community where he resided before moving to the city 
stands in higher regard and popular approval than the 
subject of this sketch. 


Among the well-known business men of Linton is 
he whose career is here set forth, a gentleman of 
social standing and sterling worth, whose connection with 
leading financial institutions of the city indicates ability 
of a high order and faithfulness in the discharge of im- 
portant official functions. The Bems family is of Gennan 
origin, as is also the Linderman's, the subject's antece- 
dents on the maternal side. Peter Berns, Edward's 
grandfather, a native of the Rhine, immigrated to tliis 
country many years ago, and in due time moved westward 
to Indiana, locating in Greene county when the countiy 
was a wilderness, securing a tract of wild land, which in 
the course of a few years he improved and converted into 
a good home. He was a typical pioneer of the early day, 
strong, daring and of great industry and thrift. He lived 
long enough to see the wilderness give place to thickly 
settled and prosperous communities, bore his share in 
bringing about the latter condition, and after a long and 
active life on the farm, retired to Linton, where he passed 
the remainder of his days. William Lindemian, who 
was also a native of the Rhine country in Germanv, came 


to Indiana about the time of INIr. Bems's arrival and lo- 
cated on land adjoining the latter's farm. He. too, be- 
came a successful tiller of the soil and highly respected 
citizen, and died after rearing a family and seeing his 
children well settled in life. Both of these families were 
more than ordinarily prosperous, Mr. Berns having ac- 
cumulated a handsome fortune, consisting largely of real 
estate in various parts of the country, which increased 
greatly in value with the settlement and development of 
the county. 

John Bems, son of the above mentioned Peter Berns, 
was bom in Stockton township, where he still lives. Like 
his antecedents for several generations, he. ton, has de- 
voted his time and energ-ies to the ancient and honorable 
vocation of husbandry, with the result that he is now one 
of the enterprising farmers and substantial citizens of the 
township in which he resides. When he grew to manhood 
he married Catherine Lindennan. daughter of his father's 
old friend and neighbor, and in due time became the head 
of a family of seven children, five sons and two daugh- 
ters, namely: Edward, of this review; Ernest J., Charles 
H., Mamie E., John I., Ethel and William, all living ex- 
cept Ethel, who departed this life when nine years of age; 
the six surviving children still live in their native town- 
ship of Stockton and thus far none have taken upon them- 
seh-es the duties and responsibilities of the marriage re- 

Edward Berns was bom October 28, 1880, and spent 
his childhood and youth on the family homestead, where 
he early acquired the habits of industr\% thrift and fru- 
gality which make for successful manhood, and developed 


the correct habits and the spirit of self-rehance which 
proved such potent factors in shaping liis future course 
of life. In the pubhc schools which he attended at in- 
tervals during his minority he laid a foundation for the 
more thorough mental discipline which he subsequently 
received in the Indiana State University, and on leaving 
that institution he devoted a part of three years to teach- 
ing, assisting with the work of the farm in the meantime. 

In 1902 Mr. Berns accepted a clerical position in the 
Linton Bank, with which institution he has since been 
identified, meanwhile, by successive advancements, reach- 
ing the important and responsible place he now so accepta- 
bly fills. He enjoys in full the confidence of his superiors, 
discharges his duties with credit to himself and to the 
satisfaction of all concerned, being familiar with the 
various details of banking and well informed on financial 
matters, proving an accomplished accountant and an all- 
around business man of progressive ideas, whose future 
prospects are in everj- respect encouraging. 

Mr. Bems is a Democrat in politics, and as such has 
rendered efficient service to his party. In 1903 he was 
appointed city treasurer of Linton, to fill a vacancy, and 
so capably did he discharge the duties of the position that 
at the expiration of the term he' was elected to the office 
and now holds the same, his present term expiring Janu- 
ary I, 1910. 

He is influential in secret benevolent work, holding 
membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks and Knights of Pythias, including the uniform 
rank of the order, being at this time esteemed leading 
knight in the former societv. 



Isaac Stalcup. the grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, was l)orn in North Carohna. so also was her fa- 
ther. James Stalcup, the latter being- born August 22, 
1786. They moved from North Carolina to Tennessee, 
and from Tennessee to Indiana. Isaac Stalcup moved to 
the locality now known as Greene county in the year 181 7, 
and located on section 26, township 8 north, range 4 
west. This was before Greene county was organized, 
and the territory now embraced in Greene county was then 
a part of Daviess county, and a few years before had been 
a part of Knox county. 

James Stalcup was married to Margaret ]\[arHn, a 
native of Ireland, in 181 2, while they resided in Tennes- 
see. He came to Indiana in 1818 and settled on the hill 
just east of where Worthington now stands, and estab- 
lished the first blacksmith shop in that locality. Soon 
after this a large number of Stalcups came to Greene 
county. Indiana, and some of them settled in what is now 
known as Stafford, Washington and Highland townships. 
No one family in the county could count as many members 
and none stood higher as good citizens. 

James Stalcup had the reputation of making the best 
axes and plows of any man in the county. He also built 
the first brick house in the county. His home was noted 
far and near for its hospitality and for the genial com- 
panionship of the husband and wife and their children. 

It has been said by persons well acquainted with him 
that George Stalcup. the oldest son of James Stalcup. 
•if he had been thoroughly educated, would have been the 


peer of George Dunn, who was the most eminent orator 
and lawyer in western Indiana at that time. 

. Catharine was the second child and was born in Sum- 
ner county, Tennessee, January 26, 1816, and moved with 
hei-" parents to Indiana when she was two years old, and 
passed through all the vicissitudes and hardships of early 
pioneer life, thus fitting her for the great battle of life 
with which she was afterward confronted. Her oppor- 
tunities for education were veiy limited, as there were 
few schools in that locality in her girlhood days, but her 
strong intellect, her determined courage and force of 
character made up to a great extent for her lack of high 
school education. 

On the 26th day of March, 1835. she was married 
to John Jones, who was born in Newberry, South Caro- 
lina, on May 9, 1810. To this marriage was bom two 
children: Eliza A., the oldest, died in infancy; the sec- 
ond child was Margaret J. This daughter was sent to 
the common school of the neighborhood and the high 
school at W'orthington, and while yet a young girl grad- 
uated at Worthing-ton College in Ohio in 1858, being the 
first girl from Greene county who graduated in a college. 
The next year this daughter was married to C. C. Howe, 
of Worthnigton. Indiana, a most estimable citizen. 

Mr. Jones died December 8, 1838. On the 22d day 
of December. 1840. Mrs. Jones was married to Benjamin 
C. Ballard, a son of Colonel James Ballard, of Shelby 
county, Kentucky. The Ballard family in Kentucky have 
been very prominent in many departments of life, and a 
history of that family is to be found in a sketch of John 



J. Ballard, published in this histoi"}'. To this marriage 
were bom two children, John J. Ballard and Ellen Bal- 
lard. Mr. Ballard died October 4, 1844. and Mrs. Bal- 
lard never after entered into the marriage relation. True 
to her great appreciation of education, she caused these 
two children to receive a good education, and each took 
first-class positions in life. Ellen was married to D. H. 
Wylie, of one of the best families in Kentucky. 

On becoming a widow the last time she had, in ad- 
dition til her tliree children, five step-children, the children 
of Mr. Ballard !>}■ a former marriage, to take care of, 
support and educate. She discharged her duty in this 
line as well as in every way in her long and useful life. 

In addition to these eight children under her care, 
she took charge of a large number of orphan children, not 
related to her, from time to time. At times she would 
have as many as four orphan children at her home, and 
seldom withuil mie nr more. So many orphan children 
were taken care nf in her family that her home was often 
called the "Orphans' Home." Many of these orphan 
children who, now occupy positions of honor and trust 
in many portions of our country, hold her in loving re- 
membrance on account of her disinterested and loving 
care at a time in life when they had no other person to 
care for them. During all this struggle in life, by strong 
force of character, indomitable courage and extraordi- 
nary business capacity, she was enabled to accumulate a 
large amount of property for the time and country in 
which she lived. As she approached the sunset of life she 
had ample income from her valuable lands to fully enjoy 
that g-rand hospitality and noble charity which seemed to 


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be her delight during all her life. She seemed to fully 
realize that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." 

She w^as eminently an heroic character, in every way 
worthy of emulation. Her main desire in life seemed to 
be to do good to humanity, and especially to life up and 
better the condition of the vmfortunate poor and needy. 
She did not attach herself "to any church early in life, but 
was an earnest, faithful member of the Christian church 
for more than twenty years before she passed over to the 
other shore, which was on December 27, 1896. 

Her life was a noble inspiration to good deeds. 
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with 
firmness in the right," she came up to the standard of the 
Master when He said "Inasmuch as ye have dc^ne it unto 
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 


The subject is the son of Anion Price Howe and 
Caroline (Thatcher) Howe ; was born on a farm in Nicho- 
las county, Kentucky, near the town of Carlisle, October 
2, 1833. His parents moved to Indiana in 1835 and set- 
tled on a farm about three miles south of Spencer. In 
about three years afterward they removed to Spencer, 
where they lived about twelve years, keeping a hotel. 

Here he received such instruction as the town of 
Spencer afforded at that time, which consisted of a few 
months' schooling in each year by itinerant schoolmasters, 
until he was about fifteen years of age. This was all the 


education he received aside from the instruction given him 
at the fireside at home. Here his father, who was a de- 
voted disciple of Lindley Murray, whom he considered 
the father of EngHsh grammar, drilled him carefully in 
the use of the "mother tongue," and his mother helped 
him in his g'eography lessons, so that in these two 
branches of learning he stood first in his classes at school. 
He made good use of the opportunities which he had. as 
was plainly evident in later life. 

He early displayed a talent for music, both \-ocal and 
instrumental, receiving his instructinn in the fnrmer by 
attending the old-fashinned singing sclnols, and was 
mainly self-taught in the latter, his fa^'orite instrument 
being the violin. His first efforts at playing were on a 
"fiddle" made from a gourd, which he bought for a trifle 
from the manufacturer, a boy abnut his own age. His 
niDther, who was brought up in the strict Methodist faith 
of the olden times, thought it was wicked for any one 
to play the fiddle, but reconciled herself to the thought 
that while she could hear her boy in the adjoining room 
practicing- on his instrtiment, he was not out somewhere 
in forbidden paths. A guest at one time remarked to his 
father, "It is a shame for a boy with the talent that he 
has not to mave a better instrument." The result was 
that the gourd fiddle was soon laid aside for a cheap 
violin. Those of his friends who sun-ive him will re- 
member that his love for music developed into skillful 
playing and continued with him during his life. 

At about the age of fifteen he went to Bloomington 
to act as salesman in the dry goods store of an uncle. He 
remained here fur se\eral vears. He was afterward em- 


ployed in different places, and finally went to Worthing- 
ton. Here he met Margaret Jones, to whom he was mar- 
ried September i. 1859. Mrs. Howe is still living at 
Worthington in the home where they spent the few years 
of their married life. 

Here he engaged in the sale of drugs and continued 
in this for a number of years. Failing in health and 
physical strength, he finally decided to take an outing, 
and went to southern Kentucky for a visit with Mrs. 
Howe's sister and her family. Within a few miles of his 
destination, Princeton, the train was wrecked and he was 
thrown from the car and so seriously injured as to live 
only a week afterward, his death occurring October 16, 

All who knew him will remember him as a good 
business man, a man of integrity, possessing all the quali- 
ties that go to make up a noble character. He was or- 
derly and methodical in business and retained these char- 
acteristics to the veiy last days of his life. He was at 
the time he was so suddenly called away the superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school of the Christian church in 
Worthington. He felt that he could not leave this life 
without sending them a message, stating that, as his days 
of usefulness were ended, he wished to tender his resigna- 
tion as Sunday school superintendent. "How much like 
Lum, that was," a friend who loved him said. He was 
"Lvmi" to all his most intimate associates. 

He was a consecrated Christian, a devoted husband 
and father, a dutiful and loving son, one of the kindest 
of brothers, a useful and honored citizen, a good man in 
every respect. 



A veteran of botli the Mexican and Civil wars, no 
man in Greene county was more widely known or more 
highly esteemed than the one whose biographical mem- 
oirs we shall here attempt to give, viz., Captain William 
Bough, who was born on November 14. 1822, in Bath 
county. Kentucky, the son of Frederick and Rebecca 
(Sexton) Bough, the former a native of Virginia, and 
the latter of Alabama. When William was four years 
old his parents came to Indiana and took up land in 
Greene county. In . connection with farming Frederick 
Bough engaged iri hauling freight from Louisville, Ken- 
tucky, to Bloomfield, Indiana. In so doing he not only 
made a substantial living, but gained also a wide circle 
of friends and accjuaintances. becoming genei-ally known 
throughout that section of the state. He was a \\'hig 
when that party existed, and later joined the ranks of 
the Republicans. He and his wife were devoted members 
of the Baptist church. 

They were the parents of eleven children, iive of 
whom still survive. They are \\'illiam. our subject : Han- 
nah, wife of William Donaldson, of Shelbyville, Illinois; 
Sarah J^ne, now living in Kansas ; Joseph, now residing 
in Oklahoma, and Taylor, a fanner in Greene county. 

A\'illiam had but meager educational advantages, but 
made practical use of what schooling he was enabled to 
acquire. When still a boy he assisted his father by driv- 
ing freight teams, continuing in that work until 1846. at 
which time the Mexican war was precipitated. He en- 
listed as a private in Company E of the Indiana Mexican 


recruits, and was sent to the front, where he met with 
many hardships, close contests, and the iminent dangers 
incident to warfare. He participated in the battles of 
Monterey. Mexico City, Buena Vista, etc. At the last 
mentioned conflict he received what was feared would be 
a mortal wound. A bullet entered his right shoulder 
and passed entirely through the body. He survived the 
shock, but was crippled badly from then on. He was dis- 
charged from the service on Februaiy 25, 1847, ^^^^ fo^" 
the next three years was almost a total physical wreck. 
After recovering sufficiently to enable him to do so he 
began farming, and in conjunction with this worked on 
flatboats that were plying the rivers in carrying on freig'ht 

One would think that his experiences in the Mexican 
war would have been sufficient for him, but his patriotism 
was only kindled into a stronger flame thereby. In July, 
1861, he organized Company C of the Twenty-first In- 
diana Infantry, and became its captain. They were sent 
to Baltimore, Maryland, and there organized into a bri- 
gade, after which they were sent to Fortress Monroe. 
After a short stay at this point they were transferred to 
New Orleans, and here Captain Bough worked success- 
fully with General Butler. He was a skillful scout,, and 
frequently led scouting parties, managing to cause con- 
siderable embarrassment to the enemy through his skill 
and alertness. He had his headquarters at New Orleans 
until the close of the war, and continued with the amiy 
department of the Gulf until he received his discharge on 
January 12, 1866. He had participated in twenty hard- 
fought conflicts, besides a host of skinnishes. He sus- 


tained many severe wounds, and at one time was almost 
annihilated by the premature discharge of a cannon. 

One of his exploits reflecting credit upon his ability 
as a leader was the capture of the steamer "Fox." This 
was done with only twelve men, resulting not only in 
gaining the vessel, but in taking possession of fifty pris- 
oners, several guns and a large quantity of ammunition. 

Upon returning to Greene county, at the close of the 
war, he became re-engaged in farming, helping also in 
railroad construction and other work of a similar char- 

Captain Bmigli was married three times, first to 
Mai-y Ann Huffman, next to Susan Ramply, and later to 
Nancy J. Turley, all of whom were residents of Greene 
county. Nancy Turley was the daughter of Joseph and 
Elizabeth Hatfield, early emigrants to Indiana. Joseph 
Hatfield was a famous hunter and trapper, having gained 
a reputation far and wide for skill in this capacity. 

Captain Bough had no children. He was a member 
of the Grand Army of tlie Republic, Post No. 326, of 
Bloomfield, and was a liberal supporter of the Christian 
church, doing in his closing years, all that he could to 
promote the civil and religious welfare of the community 
and the many words from friends and neig'hbors are but 
tokens of recognition of his worth as a patriot and citizen. 

After a successful and useful life Mr. Bough was 
calle<l from his earthly labors May 29, 1908. 


The spirit of a pure, noble and earnest life burned 
the mortal tenement of tlie late Henry T. Neal, tlian 


whom no citizen of Greene county attained to higher dis- 
tinction in connection with the material development of 
this favored section of the state, while none wielded a 
wider or more beneficent influence in connection with the 
promotion of important industries and far-reaching pub- 
lic utilities which tend so greatly to material development 
and progress. His was indeed a full and complete life, 
one of vigor and inflexible integrity. During the course 
of an honored career he accomplished much for the gen- 
eral good and was not denied a due individual reward in 
the matter of temporal success and affluence. A man of 
rugged strength of character, of fine moral fiber, and one 
who realized a full measure of useful achievement, his 
name is deeply graven on the pages of Greene county his- 
tory, particularly applying to the community in which he 
lived and acted his part, so that such a publication as the 
one in hand must needs enter a tribute of honor and ap- 
plication to his memory if any measure of consistency and 
symmetry' is to be claimed for the same. Such a character 
as his leaves behind a name revered and honored by all 
who have come in touch with the spirit that was its in- 
spiration, hence the name of him about whom the biog- 
rapher essays to write in this connection is one of which 
all speak with respect and pride. 

• Henry T. Neal. son of Mahlon and Mary Ann Xeal. 
was bom near Jasonville. Indiana, on tlie fiftli day of 
December. i8_i._!.. The father, a native of Ohio and an 
early pioneer to Greene county, entered the land on which 
the family home was established, and in due time became 
one of the entei^prising men and representative citizens 
of the community in which he resided. He achieved 


marked success as a farmer, was engaged for some years 
in the manufacture of flour, and to him belongs the dis- 
tinction of founding and conducting, for a considerable 
period, one of the earliest mercantile establishments in 
the village of Jasonville. 

Mahlon Neal was twice married, and by his first 
wife, Mary Ann Love, had eleven children, whose names 
are as follows: Henry T.. James. Albert. Mahlon, Caleb. 
John, Alonzo, Mary Ann, Barbara. Lillie and Ellen. The 
second wife, whose maiden name was Nancy J. Shephard, 
bore him three offspring: Florence. Ella and one that 
(lied in infancy. This stanch pioneer and successful man 
of affairs died in 1899, his wife in July of the year 1877. 

Henry T. Neal was reared on the family homestead, 
and by reason of being the oldest son, early became ac- 
customed to persevering toil and contributed his full share 
to the cultivation of the farm. In the district schools he 
enjoyed the best educational advantages the country at 
that time afforded, and as he grew older assisted his 
father in reclaiming the wild land which constituted the 
homestead, and in due time attained to robust manhood, 
well qualified to perfonn the various rugged duties that 
fell to his lot. He remained at home engaged in tilling 
the soil, harvesting the crops and attending to the mani- 
fold labors devolving upon him, until the political skies 
became o\-ercast with the ominous clouds of civil war, 
when he laid aside the implements of husbandry and re- 
sponded to the call for volunteers by enlisting in Com- 
pany K, Eighty-fifth Indiana Infantry, and accompanied 
his command to the front in the early part of 1862. Mr. 
Neal participated in all the battles in which his regiment 


was engaged, and within a few months after entering the 
service was promoted to the rank of first sergeant, which 
position lie held until honorably discharged at Washing- 
ton. D. C. on the 12th day of June. 1865. He shared 
with his comrades the fortunes and vicissitudes of war on 
many long marches through arduous campaigns and a 
number of bloody battles, and with the exception of spend- 
ing several months in Libby prison, came through the 
tr\-ing ordeal unscathed, earning an honorable reputation 
as a brave and gallant soldier. 

The year following his return from the army Mr. 
Neal devoted to agricultural pursuits, but during that time 
he began to develop ideas of life aside from that of mere- 
ly tilling the soil. Accordingly, at the expiration of the 
period indicated, he became associated with his father and 
brother in the mercantile business, the firm thus constituted 
establishing a general store at Jasonville, which proved 
successful from the beginning, and which, under the joint 
management of these partners, soon became one of the 
leading enterprises of the kind in Greene county. The es- 
tablishment continued under the original management 
until 1871. at which time the firm purchased a large mill 
and engaged c^uite extensively in the manufacture of flour, 
this line of business also proving satisfactory and giving 
the name of the subject publicity throughout the country. 
His prominence in business circles brought him to the 
favorable notice of the Republican party in Greene coun- 
ty as an available candidate for the office of treasurer, 
and in the fall of 1879 he was elected to that position and 
held the office to the satisfaction of all concerned, two 
terms, having been chosen his own successor in the year 


At the close of his official term Mr. Neal engaged 
in the mining husiness at the town of Dugger, and about 
the same time became a partner in a general store at that 
place with Francis M. Dugger. A little later he became 
interested in the coal business at Linton, though still re- 
taining his connection with the merchandising, his ability 
to manage successfully several large and important enter- 
prises at the same time demonstrating sound judgment, 
wise discretion and business ability of a high order. 

In 1867 Mr. Neal entered the marriage relation with 
Sarah E. Wooley, daughter of Zachariah and Bumetta 
(Burnett) Wooley, both parents natives of Kentucky and 
among the early pioneers of Johnson county. Indiana, 
with the development of which section of the state both 
branches of the family were actively identified. Soon 
after moving to Indiana Mr. Wooley died, leaving a fami- 
ly of six children with the mother, to care for themselves 
as best they could. The names of these children were: 
Mary J., deceased; Nancy Frances, Sarah Elizabeth, John 
Henr}% Robert Harrison, deceased, and Joseph R.. the 
survivors growing in due time to honorable manhond 
and womanhood, and filling with credit their respective 
stations in life. Mrs. Wooley subsecjuently became the 
wife of James Buckalew, a prominent farmer, of Clay 
county, who died in the year 1887, leaving her a sec- 
ond time widowed. 

Mr. and Mrs. Neal had two children, the older of 
whom, Elmer Elsworth. married Stella McCloud and re- 
sides in Bloomfield. being the father of four ofifspring. 
Ella, the second in order of birth, is the wife of Cyrus 
L. Slinkard, of Bloomfield, and the mother of nne child, 
a son, bv the name of Lee Neal Slinkard. 


In the year 1878 Mr. Neal transferrecl his residence 
to Bloonafield, which city he made his home until called 
from the scenes of his earthly trials and successes, on No- 
vember 12, 1897, his father following him to the silent 
land two years later to a day. As already indicated, Mr. 
Neal was one of the most enterprising and successful busi- 
ness men of Greene county, as well as one of the most 
praiseworthy and public-spirited citizens. He adorned 
every station in life to which he was called, discharged 
worthily the duties of high and important trusts, and made 
his influence felt for good among all with whom he came 
into contact. A member of the ancient and honorable or- 
der of Masonry, he squared his life according to its prin- 
ciples and precepts, was popular in every circle in which 
he moved, and as a natural leader of men had much to do 
in moulding thought and shaping opinion in the com- 
munity of his residence. His personal as well as his 
public life was pure, having never contracted any of the 
vicious and unseemly habits which pollute the body and 
degrade the soul, having been a total abstainer, not only 
in the matter of intoxicants, but was never known to be- 
come addicted to the use of tobacco in any of its forms. 
Notably one of the leading men of his day and generation 
in the county of Greene, his influence will long be felt and 
the memory of his deeds and achievements constitute a 
monument far more enduring than bronze or stone. 

Mrs. Neal proved a fit companion for her husband, 
and not a little of his success was directly attributed to 
her wise counsel and judicious assistance. She minis- 
tered to his wants, alleviated his sufferings and through- 
out their long and mutually happy wedded experience 


nobly bore her share of the domestic burdens and made 
bright tlie liome circle. She now lives to cheer the lives 
of a host of friends and neighbors and enjoys great per- 
sonal popularity in the best social circles of the city hon- 
ored bv her residence. 


On August 27, 1905. sorrow settled over one of the 
residences of South \\"ashingtnn street, Bloomtield, on 
account of the decease "\ "iie nf the city's most highly 
respected citizens, Amhcw Aiiikr>Mn, 

This gentleman, of stanch Scotch-Irish fiber, was 
born in Greene county, Indiana, on May 5, 18J5, and was 
the son of George and Ann (Kethcart) Anderson. Scotch- 
Irish emigrants to this country, who made their way to 
Greene county through the usual route of travel common 
to that class of liberty-loving settlers. They arrived in 
1818, before Indiana had been clothed with the powers 
of statehood, and took up two hundred and forty acres of 
congressional land, which still remains under the family 
control, in the person of the wife of the deceased. 

Seven children were born into this family, consist- 
ing of Jane, widow of James Elder.- and now living in 
Iowa ; George, father of our subject, deceased : ^lary Ann. 
widow of Samuel Elder, also of Iowa ; James, deceased : 
Lavina. deceased, became the wife of Ellswick Ledger- 
wood, of Oklahoma : John, deceased, was a soldier in the 
Union Army during the Rebelliiin. The members of this 


family were adherents to the old-style Presbyterian faith. 
Andrew was reared on the home farm, receiving his 
education in the primitive form offered in that early day. 
the details of which it is unnecessary to elaborate upon 
here. He remained upon the home place, which he ulti- 
mately inherited, until 1902, and then removed to his 
residence in Bloomheld, where he finished his days in well 
deserved retirement. 

On November 3. 1868. he was married to Alary Ann 
Ouillen, a native of Greene county, and daughter of Jesse 
and Sallie (Huffman) Ouillen, the former being a native 
of Kentucky, and the latter of Indiana. The Ouillen 
family constituted one of the pioneer families of the 
countv and ranked among the leading citizens of the 
community. The children consisted of Man,- Ann, widow 
of our subject; William, whose present home is in Knox 
county, this state ; Sarah, deceased wife of Lysander 
Hayes; Susan, deceased wife of John Geddes: Richard, 
Jesse and Emily, all deceased, and Francis, who is fol- 
lowing farming in Missouri. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson devoted themselves A-igor- 
onsly to the development of their fann, and took a keen 
interest in facing the problems encountered in the progress 
of the work. They not only proved excellent managers, 
but gathered about them that most delightful of adorn- 
ments of the home, viz., a family of happy children. 
These were five in number, made up of Melissa J., the 
wife of James Bailey, a farmer, of Cass township, Greene 
county, who in turn are the parents of four hearty chil- 
dren, Everett. Lelia. Lola and Merle. Following Melissa 
was James, who is making his home at present with his 


mother. The third child met witli an untimely death, 
which proved a most severe blow to his parents and cast 
a shadow of gloom over the family which time could not 
entirely efface. At the age of sixteen years, while bathing 
with a number of companions in White river, he fell a 
victim to the deeper waters and life was extinguished 
ere rescue could be made. The next daughter, Georgia, 
became the wife of Peter A. Hassler, a farmer, of Taylor 
township, and she is the mother of five children, viz., 
Mary, Earl, Grace, Jasper and Guy. The fifth of the 
faniilv was Grace, who is the wife of Langdon Lester, 
also a farmer, of Taylor township. 

;\Ir. Anderson was not only a pious gentleman, but 
affiliated with the Methodist church, as does also his 
widow, and they both contributed liberally of their time 
and means to its support. He also served as trustee of 
Taylor township, and in many ways won the confidence 
and esteem of all of his friends and acquaintances. 


The grandfather of tlie sul^ject of this review was 
Aquilla Price, a Kentuckian by birth, a pioneer of Greene 
county. Indiana, and distinctively a man of influence and 
high standing in the community which he assisted in 
founding. His ancestors were English. Several ante- 
cedents of the family came to America at quite an early 
period, and in due time they or their descendants joined 
the tide of emigration westward over the mountains to 


the new and undeveloped land of promise, as Kentucky 
was then called, where they secured homes, reared fami- 
lies and bore their respective parts in the affairs of life. 
Among the children of Aquilla Price was a son by the 
name of Levi M., whose birth occurred in Greene county. 
Indiana, in the year 1836, and who has been proud to 
call this section of the Hoosier state his home from that 
date to the present time. In his young manhood Levi 
Price married IMargaret Hail, daughter of the Rev. 
Martin and Pheobe (Hickle) Hail, the father a popular 
minister of the Methodist Episcopal church during the 
pioneer period in Greene county and a leader in religious 
affairs wherever his labors called him. He spent his de- 
clining years in Linton, where his death occurred at the 
advanced age of eighty-nine years, his faithful wife hav- 
ing also neared the centur}' mark when summoned to the 
unseen world. Levi Price became one of the prominent 
farmers and stock raisers of Greene* county, and after 
accumulating a handsome competency, retired from active 
life to enjoy the fruits of his labor and thrift. On the 
27th day of October, 1907, he and his good wife cele- 
brated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, on which 
occasion there assembled at their home in Linton, two 
hundred and fifty-five guests to wish the worthy couple 
many returns of the memorable day and to rejoice with 
them in view of the many signal blessings by which their 
pathway had been beset. Since retiring from active life 
Mr. and Mrs. Price have spent the winter seasons on the 
south Atlantic coast and the rest of the year among the 
more familiar scenes of their home country, where many 
relatives and friends seem to vie with each other in do- 


ing tliem honor. Mrs. Price is a native of Clay county, 
Indiana, and the same ag'e as her husband, having- been 
born in tlie year 1836. Of their family of seven children 
the subject is the oldest living- son, there being, besides 
him, three sisters, namely : Hattie, wife of Dr. E. T. 
Sherwood ; Mrs. Jennie Schloot, and Mrs. C. T. Sher- 
wood, all residents of Linton. The deceased members of 
the family were Mrs. Cassie Wills, of Linton, who died 
in young womanhood, and two sons : Elliot and Arling- 
ton, who departed this life in childhood. 

Ivil Ora Price wasi bom June 29, 1866, in Stockton 
township, spent his early life on the home farm there and 
received his preliminarv- education in the public schools, 
subsequently pursuing the higher branches of learning in 
Merom College. Manifesting a strong predilection for 
agriculture, he decided to make that honorable calling his 
life work. Accordingly, when a young man, he began 
tilling a part of the home place and later became asso- 
ciated with his father in fanning and stock raising, his 
efforts in both respects being crowned with signal suc- 
cess. Li the course of time he became interested in other 
enterprises, notably among which was the constraction of 
gravel roads in various parts of Indiana and he has also 
devoted considerable attention to the livery business, own- 
ing at the present time a finely equipped bam in Linton, 
which, during the last twenty-two years, he has person- 
ally managed. The latter establishment is up-to-date in 
every respect and the largest of the kind in the city, be- 
ing fully equipped with modem vehicles, the best the mar- 
ket affords, while in number and condition, his roadsters 
and other animals lack nothing to be desired. 


Mr. Price is a wideawake business man of progres- 
sive ideas, fully abreast of the times, and every enterprise 
to which he has directed his attention has prospered. 
Financially he occupies a prominent place among the solid 
men of Linton, and in the matter of public improvements 
his voice and influence have ever tended to their promo- 
tion. He is a Republican in politics, but not a politician, 
nor has he e\'er aspired to office, although well fitted by 
nature and training for any position within the power of 
his fellow citizens to bestow. He belongs to Linton 
Lodge, Xo. 560, Free and Accepted Masons, is a charter 
member of Metropolitan Lodge, Knights of Pythias, 
which was organized in 1887, and also took an active 
part in establishing Linton Lodge, No. 866, Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, to which he has since be- 
longed, and in which he has been honored with various 
positions of trust. 

On February 19, 1889, Mr. Price and Ada Aikman 
were united in the bonds of wedlock, Mrs. Price being a 
daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (Plummer) Aikman, 
of Lyons, Indiana. Mr. and Airs. Price are the parents 
of three children: Merlin, a youth of seventeen, now 
pursuing his studies in Kenilworth College, near the city 
of Chicago: Stanley, aged eleven, and Edith, eight years 
of age. the last two being pupils in the Linton public 
schools ( 1908). 


Prof. Jijseph Henry Haseman. the subject of thi 
re\-iew, takes high rank among the leading educators o 

Greene county and lias achieved much more than local 
distinction in the line of work to which his talents and 
energies have been faithfully devoted. 

The family of which Professor Haseman is a worthy 
representative is widely known throughout Greene county, 
and has long been distinguished' in educational circles, 
and for its efforts in behalf of schools, also for activity 
along other lines calculated to improve the community in- 
tellectually and morally. John D. Haseman, Sr.. the 
professor's father, is a native of Greene county and is still 
living on the fann one mile north of Linton, which was 
purchased from the government by members of the fami- 
ly in quite an early day. 

Elizabeth Shultz, \vh..^c birth nccurred near Linton 
in 1S53 and' wlm became the wife nf J(]lin D. Haseman. 
is alsn livm- and ]va< hMnu' her lui^band the following 
children, namely: J-'seph 11.. ,,t this review: William P., 
Charles, John D., Jr., Leonard, Oscar, M. Gertrude, Ber- 
tha A. and Arthur, all of whom are in some way inter- 
ested in educational work, or attending school, several 
holding important positions in this and other states. \\\\- 
liam P. Haseman. Ph. D., is assistant professor in the 
Lidiana State University; Charles, an assistant professor 
in the same institution, has also taken the Ph. D. degree. 
John D. Haseman, A. M., is located at Brazil, South 
America, in the interest of the Carnegie Listitute : Leon- 
ard Haseman, A. M., holds the position of assistant in- 
structor in the L'niversity of Missouri ; Oscar and Ger- 
trude are students in the Lidiana University, in the junior 
and sophomore classes, respectively, while Bertha and 
Arthur are pursuing their studies in the public schools 
in 1908. 


Prof. Joseph H. Haseman was born in Greene coun- 
ty, August 27, 1876, and spent his childhood and youth on 
the family homestead near Linton, receiving his prelimi- 
nary education meanwhile in the public schools of the city, 
adhering- to his inclination for higher intellectual train- 
ing subsequently he became a student in the Indiana State 
University and while attending that institution devoted 
his vacations to teaching, earning an honorable reputation 
as a capable and popular instructor. In 1905 he was gradu- 
ated from the university with the degree of Master of Aits 
and immediately thereafter accepted the superintendency 
of the Linton public schools, which position he now holds 
and the duties of which he has discharged in an emi- 
nently satisfactory manner, as the continuous progress 
of the schools under his able management abundantly at- 
test. The position is one of great responsibility, the city 
containing four large schools buildings, thoroughly 
equipped, in which the services of thirty-two teachers are 
required, the term lasting nine months of the year having 
been raised from eight and one-half months since Profes- 
sor Haseman took charge of the work. Lender his ef- 
ficient supen'ision there has been commendable progress 
in the educational system of Linton, and it is conceded 
by visiting superintendents and others that the schools of 
the city at this time stand among the very best in the state. 
Through his instrumentality a number of improvements 
tending to lessen the work of the teachers and benefit the 
pupils have been adopted, a high grade of professional ef- 
ficiency characterizes the entire teaching force and no ef- 
forts are being spared to keep the schools in touch with 
the lastest and most improved methods of educational 


Tlie liig'li character Professor Haseman lias achieved 
as an educator lias made him widely and favorably known 
throughout the state, both as a teacher and manager of 
schools, and in view of his untiring energy and marked 
successs it is safe to assume that there are few, if any, 
more popular superintendents in Indiana. He is in the 
prime of vigorous manhood, possesses genial manners and 
superior scholarship and his practical experience in educa- 
tional work from country schools to city superintendency 
bespeak for him a future of distinguished efficiency in 
his chosen field of endeavor. 

Professor Haseman is a Democrat in politics, and 
while ever interested and thoroughly informed on the 
leading questions and issues before the people, he is not 
a politician nor an aspirant for public honors. He holds 
membership with Lodge No. 637, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, aad Unity Eagle Encampment, No. 222. 


Prominent among the enterprising business men of 
Bloomfield is Cyrus L. Slinkard. whose connection with 
one of the largest industrial aggregations in this part of 
the state has brought him into wide publicity and given 
him a reputation in business circles second to few of his 
contemporaries. Mr. Slinkard is a native of Greene coun- 
ty, Indiana, and the son of John F. and Caroline (Wil- 
liamson) Slinkard. He was born October 2-. 1881. in 
Blnomfield. received a practical education in the city 


schools and at the age of seventeen prepared himself for 
business life by taking- a full course in the Vories Commer- 
cial Colleg-e, Indianapolis, immediately after which he 
accepted the position of bookkeeper with a large hard- 
ware firm of that city. Severing his connection with this 
house at the end of one and a half years, he came to 
Bloomfield, where during the ensuing two years he held 
various clerical positions, and at the expiration of that 
period entered the employ of the Summit Coal and Min- 
ing Company, with which he is still identified, represent- 
ing the company as traveling salesman with the states of 
Indiana, Illinois and Michigan as his territory'. He is 
also interested in the company as stockholder and since 
accepting the responsible position he now holds has done 
much to advertise the name and fame of his firm and give 
it a reputation among the leading enterprises of the kind 
in the country. Mr. Slinkard is a wide-awake, enterprising 
business man of progressive ideas, practical in his views, 
and not only takes advantage of opportunities which tend 
to his advantage, but in the absence of such opportunities 
possesses the ability and tact to create them. His wide ex- 
perience on the road and his intercourse with the lead- 
ing business men tliroughout the countr\- have tended to 
broaden his vision and give him large views of life 
and its responsibilities, consequently there is nothing nar- 
row or illiberal in his nature, but on the contrary his re- 
lations with the world have enabled him to take advanced 
grounds on all matters of a business or social character 
and to award to everj' man. however humble, the credit 
which is manifestly his due. 

Mr. Slinkard was married Xovember i8. 1903. to 


Ella Neal, tlaughter of Henry T. Neal. Mrs. Slinkard 
was horn at Jason ville, Indiana, on the 30th of March. 
1878, and has presented her husband with one child, Lee, 
whose birth occurred in Bloomfield February 8, 1906. 

In addition to his interests in the Summit Coal and 
Miningi Company Mr. Slinkard is also a director and 
stockholder in the Bloomfield State Bank, and has de- 
voted considerable attention to the affairs of this de- 
servedly popular institution. He is public-spirited to the 
extent of encouraging all laudable enterprises which make 
for the material -advancement of the city of his residence, 
manifests a lively regard for the moral improvement of 
his fellow men and discharges the duties of citizenship as 
becomes a true American of the period in which he lives. 
In politics he supports the principles and candidates of 
the Democratic party and in religion belongs to the Luth- 
eran church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Slinkard occupy a beautiful and com- 
modious modem home in South Seminary street, which 
he erected in 1007 and which is conceded t(T be one of 
tlie niMst ]ili.a'-am and attracti\-e private residences in the 


Endowed with those admirable qualities of charac- 
ter requitie to a successful and well-balanced life, Charles 
Olgus, of Linton, ranks among the progressive and in- 
fluential young business men of his city. 


firm of J. W. Wolford & Company for the past eighteen 
years, and for the past ten years has been a member of 
the firm. His affable personaHty, his painstaking care 
and conscientious regard for the comfort and welfare of 
his customers has enabled him to hold the friendship and 
trade of his large circle of acquaintances. 

Mr. Olgus was born in Grant township, Greene coun- 
ty, Indiana, September lo. 1871, being the only son of 
William and Lucinda (Reigle) Olgus, the former being 
a native of Hanover, Germany, where he was born in the 
year 1824, and the latter a native of the state of Penn- 
sylvania, being born March 4, 1830. The mother died 
. on February- 18, 1884, and the father June 20, 1890. 
The mother had been previously married to Mr. Funk, 
who died November 3, 1853. William Olgus migrated to 
America when a young man, settling on a farm in Grant 
township, where he lived all his life, following the occu- 
pation/ of a tiller of the soil. 

The children of this marriage, which was solemnized 
October 4. 1855, numbered seven, named as follows: 
Mary, born Octoljer 26, 1856, deceased: Rosetta, born 
April 5, i860, wife of Peter Shaw, of Brazil: Esther, 
born December 11, 1861, wife of I. M. ^^'ines, Midland. " 
Indiana; William H., bom September 18, 1864, deceased; 
Margaret, born November 30, 1866, wife of James Wake- 
field, Stockton township: Cynthia, born June 17, 1869, 
widow of Will ^^'olford. and Charles, the subject of this 

Charles Olgus attended the city schools of Linton 
and entered the mercantile house of J. W. Wolford & 
Company, at an early age, working himself up from a 
clerkship to one of the proprietors of the business. 


Mr. Olgus was married February 19. 1902. to Jennie 
Rector, an estimable young lady, of Linton. Airs. Ol- 
gus departed this life March 6, 1906. Two children 
(twin.s) survive. These were born Februaiy 28, 1906, 
and are named Charles Bishop and Jesse Loran. 

Mr. Olgus is one of the most progressive as well as 
one of the most popular young business men of Linton. 
He is a member of the Elks and prominent in the best 
social circles of the citv. 


A high-minded citizen and substantial business man 
of Linton is the subject. William Lehman, dealer and 
manufacturer of lumber. Long prominently identified 
with the growth of the "city from an obscure village to 
its present size and importance, he is a man who com- 
mands the undivided respect of the entire community. 
Straightforward in his business methods, benevolent in 
his daily associations and courageous in all matters af- 
fecting public welfare, he is man universally admired 
and esteemed by his fellow men. Mr. Lehman was bom 
in Wayne county, Ohio, November 2, 1847, the son of 
Henry and Elizabeth (Devin) Lehman, natives of Penn- 
sylvania, and both of German ancestrv-. He is one of 
seven children, five of whom are living. The children 
were as follows : Maria Flannigan, deceased ; Catherina, 
making her home with Walter Warren, near Bloomfield ; 


Jane, widow of Mr. Viquesuey, of Spencer, Indiana, and 
Simon Lehman, a substantial citizen of Bloomfield : 
Henry Lehman, killed at the famous battle of Stone 
River, during the Civil war, and Peter Lehman, a pros- 
perous citizen of Owensburg, Indiana. 

Henry Lehman came to Greene county about 1853 
and located on a farm north of Bloomfield. He fol- 
lowed agricultural ptirsuits all his life. He died about 
1880, at the age of seventy-five. The mother died about 
fi\-e years ago at the home of Mrs. Flannigan, at Bloom- 
field, at the advanced age of ninety-three. The longevity 
of this good couple is a silent testimonial to the purity of 
their lives and their exemplaiw mode of living. 

\\'illiam Lehman, the subject of this review, worked 
with his father until twenty years of age, and then as- 
sisted his brother Simon in the cabinet business at Bloom- 
field. He was married in 1870 to Mary Hartzell, daugh- 
ter of George Hartzell, a well-known citizen of Bloom- 
field. The names of this interesting family are as fol- 
lows: Stella v., the second in order of birth: Wil- 
lie, deceased ; Charley. Lloyd, Grace, Nellie, the wife 
of Roy Baker, of Indianapolis; Ray, Roy and Earl. Mr. 
Lehman removed to Jasonville, Indiana, after marriage 
and engaged in the cabinet making business, but remained 
only a short time, going back to Bloomfield and resum- 
ing work with his brother Simon, where he remained 
for five or six years. Mr. Lehman came to Linton about 
1879. His first business enterprise was to again go into 
the cabinet making business. He gradually went to con- 
tracting and from this he went into the lumber business. 
He has been in the lumber business here for over twenty 


years, and is perhaps the leading himber merchant of 
the county. He sold the first piece of lumber ever sold 
in Linton. His establishment is situated near the Illi- 
nois Central Depot, and occupies an entire block. The 
plant is equipped with the most improved machinery and 
does an extensive business. 

Mr. Lehman is an- enthusiastic Republican, and was 
liis party's nominee for township trustee a few years ago, 
but went down in defejit with the rest of the ticket, though 
making an exceptional fight against great odds. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lehman are members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. Mr. Lehman is a member of the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of 


Mrs. .Anna B. Ray, the subject of this article, is the 
widow of the late Daniel W. Ray, who was born in Shelby 
county. Indiana, August 5, 1846. He was a son of Jesse 
and Martha (Allison) Ray, who were among the early pio- 
neers of Shelby county. Daniel W. Ray received a thor- 
oug"h educational training in the schools of his native 
county and studied law for some time, but afterward 
abandoned the legal profession as a life work and took 
up the study of telegraphy and railroading. In the lat- 
ter profession he was phenomenally successful. On the 
9th of September, 1870, he took charge of the railroad 
business at Marco. Greene county, "and discharged the 
duties of that responsible office for twenty consecutive 


years without the loss of a clay, a record unsurpassed by 
any. During this period he was also in the mercantile 
business for about one year, in company with Isaac 
Weaver. In 1888. on the extension of the Indianapolis 
& Vincennes branch of the Pennsylvania system to Bush- . 
rod, Mr. Ray was made the agent and general overseer 
at that junction point. There he died on the 6th of 
June, 1890. The untimely death of this prominent and 
useful citizen was greatly deplored throughout a very 
large circle of friends and relatives. '"Dan" Ray was 
well and favorably known to nearly every employe on 
the railroad system with which he was connected, and 
they showed their appreciation of his worth by attending 
his funeral in a body and contributing beautiful and ap- 
propriate floral offerings, by published articles in the 
public press, commendatoiy of his life and character and 
by kindly offices to the bereaved family. Mr. Ray was 
prominently connected with the Independent Oi'der of 
Odd Fellows, both the subordinate and encampment 
branches, and his home lodge at Lyons served as a per- 
sonal escort, while large delegations were present from 
other lodges and encampments thi-oughout the surround- 
ing country, thus forming the largest funeral procession 
ever convened in the town of Marco. He was a man of 
very strong domestic ties, and the happiness and com- 
fcjrt of his family were his first considerations. Having 
nursed his little son, lovingly spoken of as "brother," 
through a severe attack of typhoid fever, the anxiety at- 
tendant upon the severe vigils of the sick room left the 
family prostrated from broken rest and constant labors, 
Mr. Ray never fully recovered his health, but soon suc- 
cumbed to the ravages of disease. 


Anna B. Ray. whose name heads tliis sketcli, was 
born in Bloomfield, Greene county, Indiana, and spent 
her early life and girlhood days in her native town. She 
was educated in the excellent public schools of Bloomfield. 
Her parents, William H. and Mary C. (Talbott) Fer- 
guson, represent two of the early pioneer families in 
Greene county. Her father enlisted as a <nember of 
Company E, Ninety-seventh Indiana Infantiy, under 
Capt. J. T. Oliphant, now of Bloomfield (see his sketch 
herein), and .sensed until called to another life. He died 
on the 26th of January, 1864, and was buried at La- 
Grange, Tennessee. His wife has borne his name and 
cherished his memory from that far away day to the pres- 
ent, and has been a member of the family of her daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Anna Ray, during all the intervening years. 
She is a lady remarkably well preser\'ed — a ray of sun- 
light in the home which connects with loving remem- 
brances of the distant past. 

Mrs. Ferguson is a sister of Dr. James T. Talbott, 
of Linton, to whose personal sketch the interested reader 
is referred for more complete ancestral history. Mrs. 
Ray is the only sui-vivor of a family of four children bom 
to Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, the eldest of whom* was Mag- 
gie, who married James Stalcup, of Bloomfield, and died 
within three years after her marriage, July 6, 1876; Mil- 
ton E., lived to the years of maturity and died in Idaho 
in 1S86, and Harry, the youngest of the family, died as 
the result of an accident in his mother's amis November 
15, 1868. Anna B., now Mrs. Ray. was the second born. 
She was married to Daniel W. Ray on the 26th of Janu- 
ary. 1874. and this happy union was blessed with five 


children, of whom but two are now Hving. ]Minnie B. 
died at the age of four years and Lulu died in early in- 
fancy; Jesse O., the only son, and known to the family 
only as "Brother."' married Lillie Haverly, of Clay City, 
Indiana. They have three children, Mary M., Kenneth 
and Daniel W. Pearl Ray became the wife of John 
Wicker. They are residing, temporarily, in Oklahoma. 
A son and a daughter have been born to this union, viz. : 
Helen Ray and John Lloyd. The fifth and youngest 
child of Mrs. Ray was Edgar Milton, who was an in- 
valid all his life and died at the age of seventeen years. 
The care of this beloved and unfortunate child was a 
source of greatly multiplied domestic labors for ]\Irs. Ray, 
though she bore it all in that spirit of "mother love" and 
Christian fortitude so characteristic of devoted mother- 
hood throughout the world. She refers to her family 
with great pride and says that the proudest thoughts in 
her varied life work is the solace of knowing that she 
has been a good mother. Her sun-iving children fully 
appreciate this fact and perfect peace and domestic har- 
mony, crowned with the higher and nobler sentiment of 
filial love, are the jewels which they are daily reaping. 

Mrs. Ray has managed her own business affairs 
during all the years of her widowhood and has been 
successful beyond the average. She is the owner of 
valuable property in Linton, which is largely the result of 
her own business capabilities. For several years she 
owned and operated the Remington Hotel, from which 
business she realized handsome profits, and when she sold 
it to retire to more private life, she received a veiy hand- 
some advance above the original cost. She owns a fine 
home on A street, northwest, where she and her mother 


now live, besides some unimproved city property. But 
this has not been acquired through great self-denials, for 
she is open-hearted and generous with the poor, and is 
a willing and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, which has been her religious home since child- 
hood. She is a devout Christian, as is also her mother, 
the latter being a Presbyterian in religious faith. They 
stand veiy high in the social functions of Linton and 
Bloomfield, and count among their personal friends the 
leading people of the entire communities in which their 
lives have been spent. 


Han'ey O. Pearce, the subject, who is a successful 
contractor and builder of Linton, is a native of Warren 
county, Lidiana, having been bom there September 3, 
1852, the son of Andrew and Eleanor (Woods) Pearce, 
both natives of Virginia, but the former, who was bom 
in 1794, was reared at Urbana, Ohio, where he followed 
farming. His father, William Pearce, grandfather of the 
subject, owned the land upon which the city of Urbana 
now stands. The subject's father was a captain in the 
War of 18 1 2. He raised a company and offered his serv- 
ives in the Civil war, but was rejected on account of his 
advanced age. Andrew Pearce drove cattle from Chilli- 
cothe, Ohio, to Chicago to market when the latter city 
was a small town, known as Ft. Dearbom. He later 
owned a small farm in Fountain county. Lidiana, from 


\viiich he hauled wheat and other products to Chicago. 
Later lie sold this fami and bought another in Warren 
county, Indiana, where he lived until his death in 1880. 
The mother of the subject died in 1865, at the age of 
fifty-two years. 

Harvey O. Pearce lias four brothers and three sisters 
living and five brothers and three sisters dead. His par- 
ents were both twice married. Thomas W. was the only 
full brother the subject had. He died when twenty- 
seven years old in Warren county, Indiana, leaving a 
widow and four children. Two of the children are liv- 
ing with their mother in Indianapolis. The subject was 
educated in Warren county, Indiana. He worked on a 
farm and at the carpenter's trade until 1875, when he be- 
gan a regular apprenticeship of two years, since which 
time he has followed carpenti7 and contracting exclusive- 
ly. He has had large contracts in Illinois and various 
contracts throughout Indiana. For twenty years he has 
done nothing but contracting in triple building and mine 
equipment. This includes the erection of the buildings as 
well as the installation of the machinery. 

The subject was married September 8, 1874, in \Var- 
ren county, Indiana, to Florence Morris, whose parents 
were Joseph and Isabel (Hagar) Morris, natives of 
Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively. Mr. Morris died 
in 1861. His widow survived until 1890. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harvey O. Pearce have but one living child, Alta, now 
the wife of Clarence Rardin, who is employed in the 
Brazil, Indiana, postoffice. They have one child, Flor- 
ence, who is two years old. The following children bom 
to the subject and wife are deceased : Thomas T., Oliver 



A. and an unnamed infant. Both Tliomas and Oliver died 
in infancy. 

Although raised a Republican the subject is a Demo- 
crat in political belief. He has been a member of the Ala- 
sonic fraternity since he was twenty-one years old, hav- 
ing been initiated into Rainsville Lodge, No. 315, in War- 
ren county. He now holds a membership in the Brazil, 
(Indiana) Lodge, No. 264, Free and Accepted Masons. 
He has held various lodge offices. He is also a member 
of Linton Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and a member of 
Linton (Indiana) Lodge, No. 866, Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks. 

The Pearce family moved to Linton, Indiana, in June, 
1900. They own a pleasant home at 60 G street, north- 
east. Mr. Pearce has always been fairly successful in his 
business career. His wife is a member of the Methodist 
church and of the ladies' societies connected therewith, in 
which she takes much interest. 


As one reviews the historv- of Greene county and 
seeks to determine who were prominent in its early de- 
velopment, also seeks to know the worthy citizens who in 
a later generation carried on the work so magnificently 
begim by their forefathers to a more glorious issue, he 
will find that the subject of this sketch has long been iden- 
tified with the progress and advancement of this favored 
section of the Hoosier state, where he has maintained his 


home for nearly a half century and where he has attained 
g'ratifying success in connection with the development of 
its resources, being one of the representative farmers and 
stock raisers in Stockton township, and having one of the 
most productive landed estates in this part of the common- 

Alvin E. Greene was bom four miles south of Bloom- 
ington, Monroe, county, December 7, 1866. His father, 
Monroe Greene, was also a native of that county. His 
mother was Margaret Jane Houston in her maidenhood, 
a native of Illinois. The subject of our sketch is the old- 
est of four children, the others being Faun D.. the wife 
of Curtis E. Claywell, of Linton; Zoe E., the wife of 
Emery Shepherd, of Linton; Otha E., lives at Harris- 
burg, Illinois. The lamented mother of this family of 
children was called from her earthly labors Januan,- 20, 
1902. The father now resides with the subject. 

Alvin E. Greene was united in marriage in 1889 to 
Sarah E. Evans, daughter of Nixon Evans, one of the 
oldest and best known citizens of Clark county. Illinois. 
The children of this marriage are Eva E., Flo and Faun, 
twins, the latter deceased ; Julia, deceased ; Manford and 

The subject lived with his father, assisting him in his 
life work and attending the home schools until he was 
twenty-two years old. He has been a citizen of Stockton 
township for a period of sixteen years, where he has been 
identified with the industrial development of the com- 
munity and gained a solid reputation for honesty and 

In 1904 I\Ir. Greene was elected assessor of Stockton 


township, having shown by his pubhc-spirited disposition 
and business abihty also his loyalty to his party that he 
was the right man for such a responsible position of pub- 
lic trust, and he has shown by the able manner in which 
he has handled the affairs of the same that the public was 
not mistaken in its decision and faith in Mr. Greene. 
He is still (in 1908) holding this office, which is a veiy 
important (ine in Stockton township, owing to the fact 
that immense ciial properties are located here, seventeen 
of the largest coal mines of the county being within the 
limits of Stockton township, and the corporations con- 
trolling these mines always make a determined effort to 
secure a low assessment of their properties , but Mr. 
Greene cannot be biased or influenced from his decisions 
when he believes he is right,. and he has instituted many 
reforms in his office. Taking his oath of office as his 
platform, he took a rigorous stand in favor of a just and 
equal appraisement alike for rich and poor. He reas- 
sessed the corporations, raising them to a figure nearer 
the valuation of the properties than had ever been assessed 

Mr. Greene is popular with the citizens of Stockton 
township, officially, socially and industrially, and no more 
upright man is to be found within the borders of the 


On July 18, 1858, there was born in Jackson county, 
Ohio, the subject of this l^iography, a man whose sul> 


sequent life has been of singular service to his countr}'- 
men. He was the son of William A. and Mary (Squires) 
Persons, the former a native of Steuben county, New 
York, and the latter of Jackson county. Ohio. William 
was the second of a family of six children, the other five 
being Levi, dead : Hulda, Nathaniel, dead : Harriet, dead : 
and the sixth child is also deceased. 

\\'illiam A. Persons, father of our subject, is now a 
man of strong mental equipment and energetic tempera- 
ment. He taught school for fifty-two winters, missing 
during that time only one term, and that was owing to 
his absence in the army. He not only has this enviable rec- 
ord to his credit, but in addition to this he had the pleas- 
ure of teaching his last term in the same school in which 
he taught when he began his work over a half centur}' 
before. He is still living (in 1908) and is in excellent 
health. He has been a most loyal Christian gentleman, 
affiliating with the Methodist faith, and has taken an 
active interest in the progress of education. Although a 
Republican he has never sought public office. ]\[rs. Per- 
sons, his companion in life, has attained the age of sev- 
enty-two 3rears and is a woman possessing a beautiful 
Christian character. 

James received his education in the public schools of 
Ohio and remained on his father's farm until 1886, at 
which time he removed to Greene county. He became en- 
gaged in coal mining, operating- at Linton, Lidiana, and 
continued at this for nine years, with the exception of one 
year, during which he was in Michigan. He was a man 
of considerable executive ability and one that inspired 
confidence in those who knew him best. Although not 


a political aspirant, his colleagues recognized in him a 
valuable leader, and in 1894 he was prevailed upon to 
make the race for recorder of Greene county, to which 
office he was easily elected. He thereupon removed to 
Bloomfield in order to better discharge his official duties. 
He performed the functions of his office in a straight for- 
w^ard and business-like manner, and at the end of his first 
term was re-elected, serving a total period of eight years 
and two months. He made a clean record and set a high 
standard for official integrity. Since the close of his pub- 
lic career he has returned to his mining interests, to 
which he is giving his attention at the present time. 

On October 29, 1887, Mr. Persons was married to 
Florence E. Stover, who was born in Vermilion county, 
Illinois, but reared to womanhood in Sullivan county, 
Indiana. She was the daughter of Benjamin F. and 
Fidelia (Hawkins) Stover. The former was a soldier in 
the Civil war. 

Mr. and Mrs. Persons are the parents of one daugh- 
ter, who was bom in April, 1889. She is the wife of 
Grover C. Rader. Mr. Persons is a member of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity, the Knights of Pythias and the Modem 
Woodmen, in all of which he takes an active interest and 
lends them his hearty support. He and his wife are peo- 
ple of irreproachable characters and are substantial cham- 
pions of Christian work, affiliating with the Methodist 
Episcopal denomination. 


The subject of this sketch is descended from English 
and Scotch ancestiy and has inherited many of the ster- 


ling qualities for which those nationalities have always 
been distinguished. His father, Lewis P. Letsinger, a 
native of Tennessee, moved to Owen county, Indiana, in 
1843, and a little later changed his place of abode to the 
county of Greene, where he entered land, improved a 
farm and spent the rest of his life, dying in 1878 at the 
age of sixty-eight years. Margaret Thornton, who be- 
came the wife of Lewis P. Letsinger, was the daughter 
of a Scotch immigrant who came to the United States in 
an early day and settled in Tennessee. She bore her hus- 
band thirteen children and lived to a ripe old age, de- 
parting this life in December, 1906, in her ninety-seventh 
year. This estimable couple were highly esteemed in the 
community of their residence, and as members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church took an active interest in dis- 
seminating religion and morality among their neighbors 
and friends, having been especially zealous in the work 
of the Sunday school and teachers of more than ordinary 
ability, Mr. Letsinger ser\ang as class leader many years 
and was counted one of the leading members. Of their 
children the following grew to mature years and acted 
well their respective parts in life: John Calvin, a soldier 
in the Eighty-fifth Indiana Infantry during the Civil war, 
was wounded while in the serv-ice, now residing at Mid- 
dletown, Indiana; William M., a member of the Four- 
teenth Indiana Infantry, also. wounded in battle, is de- 
ceased ; Phillip J. served in the Fourteenth Indiana Regi- 
ment and was killed in the battle of Antietam. James B. 
entered the army in the Thirty-first Indiana and fell near 
Atlanta, Georgia, while defending the flag of his countr)^ 
Alexander, also a member of the Thirty-first, died 


while in the service, and the subject of this review, whose 
mihtan,' career will receive notice further on. It is doubt- 
ful if the state of Indiana affords a similar instance of a 
family noted for patriotism and gallant sen-ice in defense 
of the Nation's honor. Six brothers who nobly responded 
to the country's call for assistance during the dark days 
of the Rebellion and who freely gave their all that treason 
mig-ht be crushed, three of them sacrificing their ven- 
lives upon the altar of duty, is a record that finds few 
parallels in the annals of warfare. 

Lewis E. Letsinger was born in Greene county, In- 
diana. April 26, 1844. '^"fl spent his early life on the 
home famn. where he learned the lessons of industry and 
thrift which formed the bans of his subsequent career as 
an intelligent, broad-minded man and typical American 
citizen. His educational advantages were limited to the 
subscription and public schools of the neighborhood in 
which he spent his youthful years, and until the age of 
eighteen years he assisted in carrying on the farm work 
and contributed to the support of the family. Actuated 
by a patriotic impulse, which at that time appeared to 
animate the young men throughout the north, Mr. Let- 
singer on August 12, 1862. enlisted in Company K, 
Eighty-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and at once pro- 
ceeded to the front, where he bore his full share in the 
arduous dut}- of campaign and battle, taking part in the 
engagement at Thompson Station, Tennessee, and the 
months of continuous fig^hting in Georgia under General 
Sherman, when that redoubtable leader was ojjerating 
ag'ainst Atlanta. He was with his command at Peach 
Tree Creek, Dallas, Resaca. Kenesaw Mountain and cither 
actions, and after the fall of the above stronghold took 


part in the celebrated march to the seii and later to Rich- 
mond, Virginia, thence to Washington, D. C, where he 
took part in the grand review, and was mustered out 
June 28, 1865, with the rank of sergeant. 

Returning to Indiana at the close of the war, ^Ir. 
Letsinger fanned the home place one season and then 
purchased land of his own which he at once proceeded to 
improve by erecting buildings and clearing the ground. 
In due time he developed a good farm, which was his 
home for a period of nine years, at the expiration of 
which period he sold the place and removed to the family 
homestead, where he has since prospered, being the owner 
of the place at the present time. In connection with 
ag'ricultural pursuits he is largely interested iii the coal 
business, there being a very productive mine on the farm, 
operated by the Letsinger Coal Company. He also con- 
ducts a general mercantile business, which adds very ma- 
terially to his income, giving to this and his other in- 
terests the personal attention which has made all of his 
enteqjrises succeed. 

Mr. Letsinger is a man of intelligence and wide ex- 
perience and believes in progress and improvement in all 
the terms imply. He keeps pace with the times in all mat- 
ters of public import, is well informed on the leading 
que.stions before the people, and as a Republican wields a 
strong influence for the party in the township of his resi- 
dence. \\'ith the single exception of township assessor, 
he has held no public or political office, having little 
taste in this direction, preferring to devote his entire at- 
tention to his business interests and to be known by the 
simple title of citizen. He is a Mason of high standing, 
takes an active part in the deliberations of the local lodge 


to which he belongs, and exempHfies the beautiful and 
sublime principle of the order in all of his relations with 
his fellow men. 

Mr. Letsinger was married in 1866 to Harriett Price, 
of Owen county, Indiana, and is the father of ten chil- 
dren : Eva, bom January' 29, 1867, is the wife of James 
Letsinger; Asbury B., born FebruaiT 19. 1870, is a man 
of family, living in Jasonville; Belle, born November 18, 
i87i„died October 11, 1872 ; Ella,now Mrs. Oscar Daugh- 
erty, was born January 4, 1874; Green P., born October 
29. 1875; Lewis C. was born July 21, 1877: Mary D., 
wife of A. Elsworth, was born January 16, 1879; Mila, 
born November 19, 1880, is the wife of William Leach; 
Philip Ray, born June 27, 1882, and Robert A., bom 
May II, 1885. The mother of these children departed 
this life in 1899. 

'Sir. Letsinger is an esteemed member of the ]\Ietho- 
dist Episcopal church, in which he has long been an in- 
fluential worker, also a tiiisted and honored official, hold- 
ing at the time the positions of steward, trustee and super- 
intendent of the Sunday school. His wife also was identi- 
iied with the same religious body and her daily life and 
conversation were ever in accordance with the pure teach- 
ings of the church. January 6, 1902, Mr. Letsinger mar- 
ried Mrs. Letetia Neal (nee Warricks), of Paso Robles, 
Califomia. She is a native of Pennsylvania and moved 
to Greene countv. 


The subject of this review not only takes high rank 
)ng the leading physicians and surgeons of Greene 


cuunt}-, but stands equally well as a citizen, being keenly 
interested in whatever tends to promote the material ad- 
vancement of the city in which he resides, and making his 
influence felt in behalf of those measures and enterprises 
having for their object the intellectual and moral eleva- 
tion of his fellow men. Dr. Loren A. Hyde is an honor- 
able representative of one of the oldest pioneer families 
of Switzerland county, Indiana, where his great-grand- 
father, Amasa Hyde, a New Englander by birth, located 
when that part of the Hoosier state was a wilderness, 
into which but few hardy explorers had dared to pene- 
trate. The family is English and the name first appears 
in connection with certain stirring events that transpired 
during the Cromwelian period, shortly after which it was 
transferred to America and seems to have taken root in 
the New England states, where descendants of the orig- 
inal immigrants are still to be found. The doctor's grand- 
father was Samuel B. Hyde, who spent his life in Swit- 
zerland county, and it was there also that his father, the 
Rev. Marshall Bennett Hyde, was bom, and who, in due 
time, became one of the learned and influential Methodist 
divines of Indiana, being at this time presiding elder of 
the Seymour district, with headquarters in the city of 
that name. 

Susan P. Wycoff, also born and reared in the county 
of Switzerland, is the doctor's mother. By her marriage 
with the Rev. Mr. Hyde she had six children, four sons 
and two daughters, namely: Loren A., whose name in- 
troduces this sketch; R. Scott, pastor of Hanscom Park 
Methodist Episcopal church, Omaha. Nebraska ; the Rev. 
Preston S., a minister of the Methodist church, at the 


present time principal of the Philander Smith Colleg-e, at 
A'iani Tal, India, where he has spent seven years in mis- 
sionary educational work; Edna Blanche, now the wife 
of Thomas Staver, of Indianapolis; Gertrude is with her 
parents, attending; school, and Will Cumback died in 

Dr. Loren A. Hyde was horn :\Iarch 26. 1870, at 
East Enterprise, Switzerland county, and received his 
early mental discipline in the schools of his native place. 
Subsequently he finished his literary education in Moore's 
Hill College, and after a preliminary course of reading 
entered the Aledical College of Indiana, from which he 
was graduated in 1897, and while a student he was un- 
der the watchful care of Dr. L. H. Dunning, of Indian- 
apolis, as i)receptor, immediately thereafter beginning to 
|)r;ictice his ])rofession in Indianapolis, where he continued 
until ii)(i_'. In the latter year he left the capital city and 
came to Linton, where he formed a partnership with Dr. 
B. A. Rose, the oldest physician in the place, and since 
the above date he has built up a very satisfactory and 
lucrative practice, devoting special attention to diseases 
of the eye, ear and throat, for treatment of which he fitted 
himself by long and critical study and research under the 
direction of some of the most eminent specialists of the 
day. While successful in the general practice he has been 
eminently so in the special lines, his seiwices being in great 
demand by sufferers from the ailments mentioned, and 
ere long he will doubtless devote his entire attention to 
the branches of the profession for which he has made 
such careful and painstaking preparation. Dr. Hyde is 
a very busy man and the amount of good he has already 
accomplished for suffering humanity is incalculable. 


He is no longer under the necessity of attending to 
the wide range of practice which his firm has built up, 
but confines his attention very largely to office work, 
whither numerous patients afflicted in the manner indi- 
cated are wont to come for special treatment. The doctor 
has a clear field in his special lines, and his success 
heretofore bespeaks for him a future of great promise 
and usefulness. 

Dr. Hyde is a Mason of high standing, belonging to 
the blue lodge and chapter at Linton, the Royal Arch ■Ma- 
sons and the Council of Royal and Select Masters in In- 
dianapolis, being high priest in the chapter with which 
he holds membership. He is also identified with the 
Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks : also the Greene County Medical Society, 
of which he sen-ed as president in 1906 ; the State Medical 
Association, and the American Medical Association, and 
in religion was reared a Methodist, holding at this time 
the office of treasurer in the church at Linton. 

On Alarch 12, 1S90, was solemnized the marriage 
of Dr. Hyde and Maim Heizer, of Indianapolis, daugh- 
ter of C. C. and Nancy Heizer. Mrs. Hyde was born, 
reared and educated in the above city and her parents still 
reside there. She is one of a family of four daughters, 
whose names are as follows: Eva B.. Mrs. Sarah E., 
Jackson and Nettie, wife of Austin Mendenhall. Eva, 
the only unmarried one, being principal of the Deaf and 
Dumb Institute at Indianapolis, which position she has 
held for the last twenty years. 

Dr. and !Mrs. Hyde have one son, Cecil \\'ill Hyde, 
aged si.xteen, and a student in the Linton high school. 



The subject of this sketch is a native of Sulhvan 
county, Indiana, and the eldest of three sons who con- 
stituted the family of William O. and Mary Roach, the 
father bom September i, 1843, at Bruceville, Knox coun- 
ty, and the mother in the county of Sullivan, September 
28th of the year 1845, her name prior to her marriage 
having been Mary Brodie. William C. Roach, a mechanic 
by occupation and a man of many sterling qualities, de- 
parted this life in 1901, at Linton, in which city his widow 
still resides. Their second son, William C. Roach, a 
farmer, and representative citizen, of Sullivan county, 
is a man of family, having a wife and two children; Em- 
mons, the youngest son, is unmarried and lives with his 
mother in Linton, being by occupation a bricklayer. 

The subject's father and grandfather served in the 
late Civil war, the former in Company D, Thirty-first In- 
diana Infantry, the latter as captain in the Forty-third 
Regiment, both seeing much active service and earning 
honorable mention for meritorious conduct on the field 
of battle. The father, who was promoted to sergeant of 
his company, was several times wounded and finally died 
from the effects of an injury received by the explosion of 
a shell, having been paralyzed several years prior to his 
death. Grandfather Roach served with distinction to the 
end of the war, and later moved to Anderson county, 
Kansas, where he became prominent in local politics, rep- 
resenting that county in the legislature at the time of his 

James T. Roach, whose birth occurred on the 3d 


day of July, 1867, was reared in his native county and 
received a practical education in the schools of the same. 
While still a mere youth he worked with his father, who 
was a bricklayer, and in due time mastered that trade and 
became a very rapid and efficient mechanic. On attain- 
ing- his majority he engaged in brick masonr\' upon his 
own responsibility, later contracted for work at various 
places, and in 1897 came to Linton, where during the 
ensuing years he followed his trade very extensi\'e]y, 
erecting in that time a number of the city's most preten- 
tious business blocks, and public buildings, to say nothing 
of the large amount of work done in the construction of 
less imposing structures and edifices. During the twenty 
years which he devoted to his chosen calling he not only 
achieved success and reputation as a first-class workman 
and master builder, but by industry and prudent manage- 
ment accumulated a handsome property and placed him- 
self in independent circumstances. Owing to an accident 
by which he was permanently disabled Mr. Roach, in 
1901, was obliged to discontinue his operations as a me- 
chanic and retired from business, since which time he has 
lived amid the quiet of his home and city, in the enjoy- 
ment of the fruits of his swell-directed labors. He has 
always taken an active interest in public and political af- 
fairs, and in 1906 was elected, on the Republican ticket, 
county commissioner for a term of three years, the duties 
of which responsible trust he has discharged ably and 
conscientiously, with an eye solely to the public good. He 
is one of the Republican leaders in Greene county, influ- 
ential in the counsels of his party and an active participant 
in the deliberations of conventions and other assemblages, 


and to him as much as to any one man is due the suc- 
cess of the ticket in not a few hotly-contested campaigns. 
He is treasurer of Lodge No. 560. Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, at Linton, and a leading member of the 
local lodge of Odd Fellows, in which he holds the title 
of past grand and past capital potentate in the encamp- 
ment. His religious faith is represented by the Methodist 
Episcopal creed, to which his wife and family also belong. 
April 22, 1892, Mr. Roach and Miss Ella Woodward 
were united in the bonds of holy wedlock, the marriage 
resulting in the birth of one child, Raleigh O. Roach, who 
first saw the light of day on October 19, 1893. Mrs. 
Roach's family were among the old and highly esteemed 
settlers of Sullivan county. Her father, George Wood- 
ward, a soldier in the Civil war and a most excellent and 
enterprising citizen, died in the year 1892, as did also 
his wife, the two deaths occurring within ten days of 
each other. George and Julia \Voodward reared a fami- 
ly of three daughters, Lettie, wife of Charles Beck, of 
Sullivan county : Rosa, deceased, was the wife of William 
Goodman : and INIrs. Roach. 


One of the leading farmers and stock raisers of 
Greene county and holding distinctive prestige as an in- 
telligent and enterprising man of afifairs. is Franklin Ram- 
sey, the subject, who is the son of Samuel and Margaret 
(Orr) Ramsey, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, re- 


spectively. Paternally he is descended from an old and 
eminently respectable family of the former state, and his 
maternal ancestors were among- the early settlers of Co- 
lumbiana county, Ohio, where his birth occurred January 
26, 1839, having first seen the light of day in the town of 
Lisbon. Mr. Ramsey was reared to agricultural pursuits 
in his native county and early learned to appreciate the 
dignity of honest toil. During the winter seasons of his 
youth he attended the district schools, devoting the re- 
mainder of the year to labor in the fields. After re- 
maining at home until old enough to begin the struggle 
of life upon his own responsibility he turned his atten- 
tion to any kind of honorable effort that he found profit- 
able, and thus in various ways was he employed until the 
breaking out of the Civil war, when he enlisted July 6, 
1 86 1, in Company C, Twenty-first Indiana Infantry, later 
in the First Heavy Artillei-y. with which he saw much act- 
ive service during his military experience of five years, 
participating in a number of sanguinary engagements, 
notably among which were the siege of Port Hudson and 
the actions at New Orleans. Baton Rouge, Spanish Fort 
and the capture of Mobile. \\"hile at the front he ever 
bore himself as a brave and gallant soldier, was strict in 
the discharge of every duty and never shirked a responsi- 
bility, however arduous. He entered the army as a pri- 
vate, but subsequently was promoted sergeant of his com- 
pany, and at the expiration of his period of service, Jan- 
uary ID, 1866. was discharged with an honorable record, 
of which he feels deservedly proud. 

Mr. Ramsey became a resident of Indiana in 1854, 
and since that year has been identified with the material 



interests of the county of Greene. Returning from the 
amiy he engaged in agricultural pursuits on rented land 
for a period of four years, and during the three years en- 
suing devoted his attention to the lumber business, in 
which his success was encouraging. At the expiration of 
that time he began dealing in grain, and was thus en- 
gaged for six years, when he again resumed farming, pur- 
chasing' and improving a fine place, which now embraces 
an area of six hundred acres. He gave this his personal 
attention until retiring from active life in 1886, and 
changing his residence to Bloomfield. As an agriculturist 
Mr. Ramsey ranks with the most enterprising and pro- 
gressive in Greene county, and his splendid farm, with its 
commodious buildings and other substantial improve- 
ments, has long been recognized as one of the most beau- 
tiful and desirable rural homes of the township in which 
it is situated. In addition to tilling the soil he raises con- 
siderable stock. His success in this important branch of 
farming yields no small share of the handsome income 
which has placed him in independent circumstances. His 
home in Bloomfield is also' a finely situated dwelling, well 
supplied with modern improvements, and being sur- 
rounded by all the comforts and conveniences which 
ample means can suggest, his present mode of life leaves 
little or nothing to be desired. 

Mr. Ramsey is a Democrat in politics and for many 
years has been an active and influential participant in pub- 
lic and political affairs. In recognition of important serv- 
ices rendered his party he was three times elected to the 
office of township trustee and later sen-ed two tenns as 
clerk of the Greene ci unity circuit court, in liotli of which 


capacities he discharged the duties incumbent upon him 
in a manner highly satisfactory tO' ah concerned and made 
a creditable record as an able, painstaking and obliging 

In September. 1880, Mr. Ramsey entered the mar- 
riage relation with Mrs. Eliza J. West (nee Denny), a 
native of Pennsylvania, widow of the late Thomas West, 
who has borne him two children, Frank and Dollie. The 
former was bom February 20, 1882, received a good edu- 
cation in the schools of Greene county, and at this time 
is one of the leading farmers of the township in which he 
resides. He married Miss Bertie Combs, also of the coun- 
ty of Greene, and is the father of two sons, who answer 
to the names of Luther and Franklin. Dollie Ramsey is 
now the wife of Lester Mansfield, of Greene county, to 
whom she was married on November 13, 1905. 


The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch 
is a widely known farmer and stock raiser, and the son of 
George C. and Lydia (Gannon) Morgan and half-brother 
to Henry C. Morgan, whose biography appears elsewhere 
in these pages. He is a native of Greene county, Lidiana. 
and dates his birth from February 23, 1863. He was 
reared under excellent home influences, enjoyed the ad- 
vantages of a common school education in his youth, and 
later became a student of Notre Dame University, from 
which he was graduated with the degree of Master of 
Arts, class of 188 1. 


After completing- his university course Mr. Morgan 
became associated with liis father in buying and shipping 
Hve stock, to which business he has since devoted his 
attention, and in which his success has been truly remark- 
able, as is indicated by the magnitude to which his opera- 
tions have grown and his wide publicity in business circles 
throughout the entire United States and Canada. Mr. 
Morgan has literally grown up with the live stock busi- 
ness, and in all matters pertaining thereto his judgment 
is practically unerring and his experience such as to make 
him an authorit}'. He has long been considered one of 
the shrewdest judges of cattle and hogs in the state, and 
in the leading markets of this country his name is as well 
known and as highly esteemed as that of any other dealer, 
in addition to which he has also established an honorable 
reputatidii as an enterprising and far-seeing business man 
in several foreign cnuntries, to which he makes large ship- 
ments from time to time. A man of broad mind, pro- 
gressive ideas, with a penchant for large undertakings, 
he has made his influence felt among the leaders of his 
calling in all the great commercial centers of the Union, 
and today in the cities of New York, Buffalo, Chicago, 
etc., there is no man whose judgment in the matter of 
live stock commands greater respect or whose opinion 
carries more weight. 

In addition to his large and steadily growing busi- 
ness in live stock Mr. Morgan is also interested quite ex- 
tensively in real estate, owning valuable farming and 
grazing lands in Indiana and other states, the subject's 
holdings in Greene county alone amounting- to two thou- 
sand four hundred acres, valued at one hundred 


dollars per acre. He is a stockholder and director 
in the First National Bank at Linton. While it 
is true that Mr. Morgan, on starting in life, received 
material assistance from his father, it was not until the 
latter had fully satisfied himself as to the young man's 
ability and judgment to manage his own affairs success- 
fully that there was turned over to him the section of 
land which constituted the basis of his fortune, and to 
which he has since added until, as already indicated, he 
now owns four times that amount. His plans have ever 
been carefully formed, and in cariying them into effect 
he has seldom if ever failed, and only in very rare in- 
stances has his judgment been at fault. His ability to 
foresee the outcome of present arrangements and action 
is remarkable. While his financial success has been com- 
mensurate with the energy- and enterprise with which he 
has prosecuted his business affairs, his reputation for fair 
dealing in all his relations with his fellow men has ever 
been such as to gain for him unbounded esteem and honor. 

A Democrat in his political views and interested in 
good government, he is not a partisan, much less an of- 
fice seeker, preferring to devote his time to his business 
affairs, and to be known by the simple title of citizen. He 
has traveled quite extensively ov'er all parts of the United 
States, meeting all classes and conditions of people. This 
■ practical experience, with his fine scholastic training, 
tending to broaden his mind and give him enlarged con- 
ceptions of life and duty and to make him an all-around 
well informed man. 

Mr. Morgan in the year 1892 entered the marriag'e 
relation with Anna Hayes, who was l)rirn in \\'ashing- 


ton, Indiana, and educated in the schools of that city 
and in St. Rose Academy at Vincennes, having been grad- 
uated from the latter institution in 1884. She has borne 
her husband the- following children: Ilene, aged thirteen 
years, Mildred, eleven years old, and John H., who bears 
his four years with becoming grace and dignity. At this 
time Mrs. Morgan is residing temporarily in Indianapo- 
lis in order to give her children the advantages of the 
schools of that city. 

Mr. Morgan is a gentleman of pleasing presence, and 
companionable to those with whom he has business rela- 
tions. He is essentially a busy man, but not to the extent 
of losing sight of social amenities or becoming narrow, 
being popular with a large circle of friends in his own 
and adjoining counties and a true gentleman in all the 
term implies. 


Perhaps no man who has ever lived in Greene county 
was more highly esteemed while living or more sincerely 
mourned in death than Col. Aden G. Cavins, who was 
in deed and truth Greene county's "grand old man." Uni- 
versally admired by men in all walks of life, he was a 
splendid type of a gentleman. His was a spirit dominated 
by the highest ideals of service and sacrifice, an illustrious 
example of temperate living, unflinching honesty and ab- 
solute fidelity to every obligation of citizenship. Rich in 
his wealth of knowledge and ripe with the experience of 


years, he seemed an essential personality to his com- 

Colonel Cavins was born in Lawrence county, In- 
diana, October 24, 1827, the son of Samuel R. Cavins, a 
sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. He 
grew to boyhood on a farm and secured only a limited 
education in the common schools of his locality. In later 
years he entered Asbury, now, De Pauw University, 
where he took a three years' course. He then entered the 
University of Indiana at Bloomington, where he gradu- 
ated from the law department in 1849. He practiced law 
in Bloomfield, Indiana, until 1858, when he went to Ne- 
braska City, Nebraska, where he practiced law and was 
elected to the leg-islature. At the outbreak of the Civil 
war he returned to Bloomfield, and after recruiting a 
company for the Fifty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volun- 
teer Infantry, he was commissioned captain of Company 
E in November, 1861. He went to the front and re- 
mained until the war ended, passing through some of 
the most hotly contested battles and hardest campaigns. 
He was with General Pope on his expedition to New Ma- 
drid, Missouri, in 1862, and after Island No. 2 was 
evacuated he went with his regiment to Pittsburg Land- 
ing. He took part in the siege of Corinth. For his dis- 
tinguished sen-ice in 1862 Governor Morton commis- 
sioned him major of the Ninety-seventh Regiment, In- 
diana Volunteer Infantry, and in December of the same 
year he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel 
of his regiment. He took part in the siege of Vicksburg. 
At Jackson, Mississippi, his horse was killed by a cannon 
ball. He participated in the battles of Missionary Ridge. 


From there he went to the rehef of Biirnsides at Knox- 
ville. Later he took part in the bloody engagements at 
Resaca, Dallas and New Hope chmxh. In June. 1S64. 
his regiment had the honor of capturing seven hundred 
Confederates, including a large part of the Thirty-first 
Alabama Regiment, with its field and staff officers. At 
Kenesaw Mountain he led his regiment and at Atlanta 
his command captured the Fifth Tennessee Regiment, 
which had killed General AlcPherson. Later he was 
present when many hard-fought engagements occurred, 
and remained in command of the Ninety-seventh Regi- 
ment from Goldsborough until he arrived at Washington 
City at the close of the war, where he was mustered out 
with the rank of colonel. 

After the war he resumed the practice of law with 
his brother, Col. E. H. C. Cavins, at Bloomfield, and was 
eminently sticcessful. Several years later he retired and 
led a quiet life with the companionship of his books and 
the society of his friends. He was a staunch Republican 
and in 1880 was the ])residential elector for the second 
congressional district and in 1892 was his party's can- 
didate for appellate judge. He was a loyal member of the 
Masonic fraternity and a regailar attendant at all its 

Colonel Cavins was twice married. His first wife 
was Julia Taylor, whom he married in 1851. She died 
in 1854. Two sons were born to this union — Charles, de- 
ceased, and Edward, who is living. Later he married Ma- 
tilda Livingston, who bore him eight children, namely: 
A\'illiam L., Frank, J^Irs. Margaret . E. Henderson, of 
Bloomfield. Indiana : :Mrs. Lelia N. Baughman, of Evans- 


ville, Indiana, and Mrs. Josephine D. Torr. of Greencas- 
tle, Indiana, and Hugh L., Alden L. and Lee, deceased. 

As a lawyer Colonel Cavins was second to none in 
southern Indiana, and his high precepts of duty have kept 
many men out of costly litigation. He was the peer of 
any advocate at the local bar. As a soldier his militant 
spirit was at its best, and his renown was such as to com- 
mand recognition from men high in the ranks during the 
war. As a citizen he was straightfonvard in all his meth- 
ods, courageous in his public expressions and benevolent 
in his daily associations. As a neighbor he was kindly, 
considerate and generous. 

Colonel Cavins was broad and intellectual and pos- 
sessed a wonderful memory. He especially liked to recite 
the stirring events of the world's wars. He was a close 
student of history and standard literature and seemed 
never to forget anything after he had carefully read it. 
He was a brilliant conversationalist. 

He was a man that all could unite in honoring and 
in whose death all felt a common sorrow — not because he 
was all things to all men, but because he was always a 
plain, sincere, honest man. 


X'athan V. Slinkard was born in Cass township. 
Greene county, Indiana, one mile southeast of Newberry, 
March 28, 1837. He is the son' of Henry and Margaret 
Ann (Stomis) Slinkard, the former a native of Xorth 


Carolina and the latter a native of Ohio. Henry was the 
son of John Slinkard. a native of Germany, who first set- 
tled in North Carolina after coming to America. He 
came in a ver\- early day to Kentucky and then to Indiana, 
settling in Greene county, being a pioneer there, where 
he lived on a fann until his death. Henry, the father of 
the subject, was ten years old when John Slinkard. the 
subject's grandfather, brought him to Greene county. Cass 
township, where he worked as a farmer and later pro- 
prietor of a mill on Slinkard creek, later called First 
creek, and he lived there until his death. His wife was 
the daughter of John Storms, a native of Ohio, but came 
to Indiana in ])iiiiieLT days, locating on a fami. ]\Ir. and 
Mrs. Henry Slinkard were the parents of the folldw- 
ing children: Moses and John S.. both deceased: Na- 
than, the subject of this sketch; Mary Ann. deceased; 
Joan, widow of Sanford Webster; Frederick, living in 
Linton. Indiana : William, living in Cass township. 
Greene county, Indiana, on a farm; Alexander, who li\-es 
near Bedford. Indiana: Martha, deceased: Amanda, the 
wife of John Chandler; Margaret Catherine, deceased. 
Henrv Slinkard was a Democrat. He and his wife were 
members of the Lutheran church. 

Nathan V. Slinkard has spent his entire life in Cass 
township. Greene county, Indiana. He was raised on a 
farm and got a meager education in the old-fashioned sub- 
scription schools. He remained at home until he was 
twenty-one years old. He learned the miller's trade, and 
was also a good mechanic. He also learned the carpen- 
ter's trade and the bricklayer's and stonemason's trade. 
He farms and still works some at all of these. He has 


l)een living in the town of Xe\vl>ern-, Indiana, for forty- 
three years. 

The subject was married April 14, 1863, to Sarah 
Edwards, who was bom in Knox county, Indiana, No- 
vember 14, 1840. She was the daughter of Hugh Cam- 
eron Edwards and Nancy (Ward) Edwards, both natives 
of Daviess county. Hugh Edwards was a farmer, who 
spent most of his life in Knox county, where he died. 
They were the parents of eight children, namely : Wil- 
liam, who died in the army; Sarah, wife of the subject 
of this sketch ; Harrison and Joshua, both deceased, hav- 
ing died in childhood: Eliza, the wife of a Mr. Fi-y; 
Thornton and Mary, both deceased : Lemuel, who is living 
in Monroe City, Knox county, Indiana. He is a school 
teacher. Hugh Edwards was a Republican. He and his 
wife were both Presbyterians. 

The subject and wife are the parents of six children, 
as follows: William L., an attorney of Bloomfield, In- 
diana ; Theodore, also an attorney in Bloomfield : Marga- 
ret is the wife of Finley Spooner, living in Bloomfield : 
Charlie is a farmer living in Washington township, 
Greene county, Indiana: Steven is living at home: Ethel 
was the wife of Charles Armstrong. She is now deceased. 
Mr. and Mrs. N. V. Slinkard lived for some time in Da- 
viess county, Indiana, after their marriage. He is a Dem- 
ocrat, and has been supervisor of his county and is now on 
the advisory board. He is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. He has been through the chairs 
and is a member of the grand lodge. Both he and his wife 
are members of the Lutheran church and they are highly 
respected by e\er\-body in Newberry. 



In the death of John I. ]\Iilam. for a number of years 
one of the pubhc-spirited and representative citizens of 
Bloomfield, the county of Greene lost a man who promised 
to worthily fill important trusts. H'e was honored 
by his fellow men and his career, though comparatively 
brief, conferred credit and dignity upon the community 
and his influence had much to do in molding the senti- 
ment of the political party with which he affiliated and 
led it to ^-ictor^' in a number of hotly contested campaigns. 
He was essentially a man of the people, a true American 
of the period in which he lived and possessing the esteem 
and confidence of his fellow citizens. It is but just to 
state that on the roster of Greene county's men of ability 
and sterling worth his name shines with peculiar luster. 

The family of which John I. Milam was an honor- 
able representative has been known in Greene county since 
the pioneer period, his father having moved here from 
Virginia in an early day and settled in what is now Rich- 
land township, where he purchased land, cleared a farm, 
and in connection with the pursuit of agriculture also 
operated a cooper shop. He was a man of influence in 
his community, a leader in all worthy enterprises for its 
material advancement, and is remembered as a most e.xcel- 
lent and praiseworthy citizen, who did much for the moral 
improvement of those with whom he mingled. His wife, 
before marriage was Margaret Routt, also belonged to 
one of the old and highly esteemed families of Greene 
county, and was a lady of beautiful character and many 
virtues, whose life was a blessing to her relatives and 


friends and a benediction to all with whom she came in 
contact. This excellent couple passed to their reward 
some years ago and left as a priceless heritage to their 
posterity the memor\- of names and deeds which time can 
neither obliterate nor dim. 

John I. Milam was born April 21. 1834. and spent 
his early life on the family homestead, receiving the best 
education which the schools of the time could impart. He 
devoted especial attention to penmanship and in due time 
became one of the most skillful and artistic penmen in 
this part of the state, his chipography as it appears on the 
county records having, almost the smoothness and fault- 
less symmetrv- of the finest copper plate. His father dying 
when John was cjuite young, his mother subsequently be- 
came the wife of Hugh L. Livingston, a law-yer of Bloom- 
field, who proved a father indeed to the lad and spared 
no effort to rear him to a life of honor and usefulness. 
Later he entered the service of Samuel R. Cavins. and 
while still a youth he was given a position in the clerk's 
office by that gentleman, and practically spent the remain- 
der of his life in the same, serving a number of years as 
deputy and later was elected clerk, the duties of which 
office he discharg-ed with credit to himself and to the sat- 
isfaction of the public until his death, which occurred 
while serving his second term. Mr. Milam was a Demo- 
crat of the most pronounced type .and it is doubtful if his 
party in Greene county has ever enjoyed the seiwices of 
a more adroit or successful leader. He was a natural 
politician, judicious in counsel, shrewd in planning cam- 
paigns, skillful in conducting the same and to him more 
than any other man w'as the local Democracy indebted for 


its strength and success during the years of his leader- 
ship. W'itli all his ability as a politician he was eminently 
honorable in his methods, never resorted to the undigni- 
fied and questionable practices of the professional parti- 
san, but on the contrary- so conducted the affairs of his 
party as to gain not only the confidence of his political as- 
sociates, but the esteem and good will of those holding 
views directly the opposite of his own. 

On December 26, 1854. Mr. Milam was united in 
the bonds of wedlock with Miss Julia Ferguson, who was 
bom near Shelbyville. Kentucky, the daughter of William 
and Susan (Graves) Ferguson, of that state, but early set- 
tlers of Greene county, Indiana. Mr. Ferguson moved 
his family to this county when Mrs. Milam was a small 
child and located in Highland township, where in due 
time he became a progressive fanner and leading citizen 
and where he spent the remaining years of his life. Him- 
self and wife were consistent members of the Presbyte- 
rian church and leaders in all laudable movements for the 
bettennent of their friends and neighbors, among whom 
thev were held in high esteem and regard. They were 
the parents of eight children, as follows: William H.. 
Eliza, Andres, Benjamin. America, Esther J-. Mary and 
Julia A., the majority of whom grew to years of ma- 
turity and became well settled in life and highly respected 
in their several places of residence. 

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. }ililam was blessed 
with four children, namely: John, ^Nlack. Alitton and 
Nettie, wife of Dr. M. Beaty. all deceased but the last 
named, who lives in Cincinnati, where her husband is a 
practicing- physician. 


Measured by the true standard of excellence, Air. 
Milam may be considered a man of noble aims and high 
ideals, whose life was filled to repletion with activity and 
usefulness, and who ever tried to do the right as he saw 
and understood it. He wielded an influence for good in 
the community and proved worthy of the high trust re- 
posed in him by his fellow men, and as a neighbor and 
citizen none stood higher in the esteem of the public. 

On the 23d day of July, 1865, in his thirty-second 
year, when life seemed full of hope and promise, the final 
dissolution came, which soon or late must come to all, 
and his untimely death was felt as a personal bereavement 
in the city where his life had been so signally accom- 
plished. To those who knew him no words of eulogy are 
needed, for his life was an open book, inviting the closest 
scratiny, and there were few if any blots on its fair pages. 
Of honest worth and unostentatious character, his name 
merits an enduring place on the roll of Greene county's 
representative men, while his memon- is destined long to 
be cherished in the hearts of his friends and fellow 

Three years after the death of Air. Milam. Airs. Mi- 
lam became the wife of John J. Hardy, July 14. 1868, a 
well known and highly respected resident of Bedford, to 
a brief review of whose life the remainder of this sketch 
is devoted. Mr. Hardy was a native of Virginia, but 
came to Indiana in his youth and g-re\v to maturity in 
Lawrence county. He early learned blacksmithing. and, 
acquiring great skill as a workman, was not long in build- 
ing up a lucrative patronage in Bedford, where he con- 
ducted a very successful establishment until physical dis- 


ability rendered imperative a less strenuous mode of life, 
when he disposed of his shop and engaged in the livery 

Mr. Hardy was one of the brave young men of the 
North who so nobly responded to the countiy's call for 
defenders when the gallant ship of state was wrecked on 
the rugged rocks of treason and disunion, enlisting in 
Companv G. Fourth Indiana Cavalry, with which he 
sen-ed until the expiration of the time for which he vol- 
unteered, when he i-e-enlisted in Company A, Fifteenth 
Indiana Infantry, remaining with the latter command un- 
til the close of the war. He entered the army as a private, 
but for gallant and meritorious conduct was promoted 
successively until reaching the position of major of his 
regiment, although the commission for the office did not 
arrive until after his discharge at the cessation of hos- 

Few soldiers had as varied or thrilling experience as 
Mr. Hardy, and not one in a thousand ever went through 
as many dangerous situations as he and lived to tell the 
story. He took part in all the battles in which his regi- 
ment was engaged, received several wounds in' as many 
actions and after one battle five bullets were extracted 
from his body, in addition to which his jawbone was 
broken by a flying missile and one ball that entered his 
shoulder finally made its way under the arm on the oppo- 
site side of the body. He was fairly riddled with shot 
and otherwise bruised, and the mystery of it all is that he 
ever lived through the deadly ordeal and reached his 
home. It was by reason of the effects of these injuries 
that he changed his business, as above stated, and cnntin- 


ued to suffer from his wounds as long as he hved, but 
being a soldier, true and tried, and a patriot who made 
everything- subordinate to his love of country, he was 
never known tO' repine, but, on the contrary, was proud of 
the scars received in defense of the flag, for whose honor 
he gave a full measure of heroic service. 

In politics he was stanchly and uncompromisingly 
Republican, and for a number of years was an active and 
influential member of the Grand Anny post at Bloom- 
field. He discharged the duties of citizenship in the quiet, 
unostentatious manner becoming a trae American, did 
much to promote the business interests of his city and in 
a marked degree enjoyed the confidence and friendship of 
his fellow men. To the best of his ability he lived up to 
his highest ideals of duty, and in his death the community 
lost a valuable citizen, the wife a devoted husband and 
the nation one of its brave and patriotic defenders. 


A striking illustration of what may be accomplished 
by industrious effort and persistent application is found 
in the character of our subject, who is one of the most 
successful farmers and stock breeders of Greene county. 
Mr. Davis was born in North Carolina on October 13, 
1855, being the son of John W. and Mary (Walker) Da- 
vis, both natives of that state. The Davis family are of 
Scotch extraction, the ancestors having come to America 
during the time that such large numbers of Scotch and 



Irish people were leaving the foreign fields for homes in 
the new world. The paternal grandfather of Lemuel 
Davis followed farming and blacksmithing, and ended his 
days in North Carolina. He was an ardent lover of the 
American Union and enlisted from North Carolina in the 
army during the Mexican war, in which struggle he took 
an active part, doing most valiant and effective service. 

In 1866, when our subject was eleven years old, his 
father removed to Rush county, Indiana, and worked out 
as a fann hand. After that he began farming on his own 
responsibility, and for several years we find him making 
frequent changes by way of purchasing or renting fann 
property. At this time he made several trips with his 
family to Missouri and Kansas, engaging there in fann- 
ing, sometimes making purchases and at other times rent- 
ing farm land. William received considerable experience 
in these ventures and profited greatly by what he could 
observe in making bargains and in executing transactions. 
John W. Davis was living in Greene county at the time of 
his death on June 11. 1898. He left seven children, his 
wife having departed this life several years previous. 
During the Civil war he joined the Confederate army anrl 
was first lietitenant in his company. He was a great help 
in the smithing department, and did considerable manu- 
facturing of stirrups for the soldiery. After two years, 
however, he lost sympathy with the southern amiy, join- 
ing himself to the Union troops, and continuing there- 
with until the war's close. 

William received but a meager education, but ac- 
quired the faculty of keen obsei-vation and a tendency to 
experiment and investigate matters fiir himself. After 


reaching maturity he became engaged in farming, and 
during the years following this humble beginning he has 
made substantial additions to his original tract, until he 
has gained possession of two hundred and eight acres. 
He has made a close study of the science of agriculture 
and has been enabled so to apply his knowledge of crops 
and their needs that he has greatly increased his annual 
yield from year to year. In doing this he has demon- 
strated to others the value of scientific knowledge when 
comes to farming and has proved that soils can be so 
treated as to give forth a greater yield without exhaustior 
than was at one time deemed possible. 

In connection with the above Mr. Davis has had most 
conspicuous success in raising fine breeds of hogs, cattl( 
and poultry. He holds sales at frequent intervals, a 
which time he often disposes of sufficient numbers to 
make his receipts quite large. His droves of Poland- 
China hogs are splendid examples of care and interest in 
their growth, and are the wonder of all who visit the 
fann. They are known far and wide as being among the 
best of their kind to be found in this country. The Short- 
horn cattle, too, marvels of excellence, are the most at- 
tractive features about the farm. Most of his stock is 
registered, and Mr. Davis takes great pride in keeping his 
animals in the best of condition and never lacks for a mar- 
ket when desiring to sell. 

On November 24, 1894, Mr. Davis was joined in 
wedlock to Nancy A. Slinkard, daughter of Moses and 
Sarah (Smelser) Slinkard. Mrs. Davis is a member of 
the United Brethren church, and they are held in high 
esteem by their neighbors and friends. Their famih- con- 


sists of six children: The eldest died unnamed: Winnie 
died in 1899. aged seventeen months and twenty-six days; 
Charles D., born in Augftist, 1899; William Henry, born 
October 13, 1901 ; Russell A., bom January 9, 1904; 
Florence, the youngest, was born December 31, 1906. 

Both parents and children take great pride in the 
wholesome atmosphere of the home, making it one of the 
most delightful places for their many visitors and friends. 


Success is not necessarily a matter of genius, as held 
by many, but rather the outcome of clear judgment, per- 
sistency and rightly applied effort. The successful man 
is he who plans his own advancement and accomplishes 
it in spite of opposition. Difificulties and obstacles will 
always disappear before determination and unfaltering 
energy, and. while the road to prosperity does not always 
seem plain, there can ever be found a . path leading to 
the goal of one's hopes. Among those worthy sons of 
Greene county who had ambitions to excel in the battle 
of life is the subject of this sketch, who, although he had 
influential ancestors and enjoyed early advantages that 
many youths do not have, has gained his present prestige 
at the bar very largely through his own efforts and 
gained wide recognition in his chosen profession while 
yet a young man, by sheer force of his individuality. 

Gu}- H. Humphreys was born in Linton January 15, 
1878. the son of James H. Humphreys, cashier of the 


Linton Bank. His mother was Mattie (Jackson) 
Humpiireys, wlio died wlien our subject was one year 
old. His paternal grandfather. Honorable Andrew 
Humphreys, was one of Greene county's most distin- 
guished citizens for a half century (a sketch of whose 
life is found elsewhere in this volume). The subject's 
maternal grandfather was Dr. Evan A. Jackson, a native 
of Kentucky, who was an early settler in Greene county. 

Guy H. Humphreys received a liberal mental train- 
ing, having attended the public schools in Linton, later 
teaching school there for a period' of three years, a part 
of this time being devoted to teaching in Stockton town- 
ship. He was principal one year in the common school 
department of the Indiana Boys' School at Plainfield. 
He was eminently successful in his educational work and 
many who had occasion to know of his work in this line 
regretted the fact that he gave up teaching to launch in 
the journalistic field in which, however, he was equally 
successful, having been city editopof the Linton Daily Call 
from 1902 to 1903. Later he was clerk in the Linton 
Bank for four years, showing his natural business tact 
in a very plausible manner while thus engaged, and he 
was called upon to serve his city from time to time as 
town clerk and town treasurer, later as city clerk and city 
treasurer. These positions came by appointment. In 
April, 1907, Mr. Humphreys was appointed by Governor 
Hanly a member of the board of control of the Indiana 
Boys' School at Plainfield in recognition of his faithful 
public sen'ice and the excellent record he had made. He 
still ably manages his part of this work in igo8. 

Mr. Humphreys entered the Indiana State Univer- 


sity in 1904. where he made a brilhant record, complet- 
ing a three years' course in the law department in two 
years, graduating with honor in 1906, taking the degree 
■of Bachelor of Law. He came to Bloomfield in 1906 and 
took up the practice of law, making a success from the 
first and soon becoming popular in that vicinity. 

Our subject was happily married. February 10. 
1903. to Carrie Elrod. of Bloomfield, a lady of a promi- 
nent family and possessing many admirable traits. She 
was private secretary^ to the superintendent of the Indiana 
Boys' School, and later assistant secretary of the presi- 
dent of the State University. 

Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey's are well kno\vn in the 
community where they reside for their hospitality, g'en- 
iality and well ordered lives, making and retaining scores 
of friends and enjoying the undivided esteem of all who 
know them. Owing to the splendid start Mr. Hum- 
phreys has so early in life the future to him is an un- 
usually priimi-^ing nne and will (limbtless be crowned 
with eminent success. 


The present age is essentially utilitarian and in 
nearly every avenue of life the man of practical ideas is 
in evidence. Such a man is the well known gentleman 
whose name introduces this review and as such he has 
made his influence felt in different lines of enterprise and 
gained high standing among his fellow citizens of Worth- 
ington and the county of Greene. The Haxton family 


had its origin in Ireland, from which country' the sub- 
ject's grandfather, Richard Haxton, came to America 
many years ago and settled in Pennsylvania, thence mi- 
grated to Indiana in pioneer times and entered land in 
Owen county, which he cleared and improved and on 
which he lived until his death in 1885 at an advanced 
age. The inaiden name of the wife of this worthy an- 
cestor was Sabina Grim, a native of Ohio and a fit com- 
panion and helpmeet to her husband during the strenuous 
and trying period in which they were car\-ing a home 
from the wilderness and rearing their family. Both were 
stanch Presbyterians of the type of which martyrs are 
made, and like others of their class they subordinated 
every other consideration subordinate to loyalty to their 
church and the principles of a rigid faith constituted the 
rule of life to which they closely adhered. 

Alexander C. Haxton, father of the subject, was a 
native of Ohio, in which state his wife, who bore tlie 
maiden name of ]\Iarv Harstine. was also bom. These 
parents spent the greater part of their lives in Owen 
county, Indiana, where they reared a family and fol- 
lowed the pursuit of agriculture for a livelihood. Alex- 
ander Haxton enlisted in 1862 in Company F, Ninety- 
sevaith Indiana Infantn,-, with which he served until 
disabled by a wound near the base of the brain, which 
incapacitated him for further duty and from the effects 
of which he has been a sufferer ever since, being at this 
time an invalid and unable to attend to his business af- 
fairs. Among the battles in which he participated were 
the siege and fall of Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge. Re- 
saca and the hundred days of continuous fighting at At- 


lanta, near which place he received the injury mentiDned 

H. D. Haxton was born on December 25, 1865, on 
the liomestead in Owen county, and there, while still a 
youth, learned the lessons of industry which lead to suc- 
cess and the dignity of honest toil to which he owes his 
rise in life and present high standing as an enterprising 
man of affairs. Owing to weakness of vision he was 
obliged to discontinue his studies at a comparatively early 
age, but despite this defect he has always been a careful 
and intelligent observer, and by keeping in close touch 
with the trend of current thought has become widely 
informed on the leading questions and issues of the times 
and is now not only a well posted man, but in no small 
degree a moulder of opinion among his fellow citizens. 
Selecting agriculture for his life work he assisted in the 
cultivation of the home farm for a number of years and 
in 1898 purchased a fine place of one hundred acres, ad- 
joining the city of Worthington, which he still owns and 
manages. In addition to this he also looks after a farm 
of two hundred and forty acres, in Greene county, which 
is owned by his father, and as a fanner ranks with the 
most enterprising and successful in the county of his 
residence, as it attested by the ample competence which 
has rewarded his labors and management. 

In 1905, Mr. Haxton became associated with W. H. 
\\'adsworth in the insurance business, to which his atten- 
tion has since been largely devoted. In this as in his 
agricultural interests his success has been encouraging, 
and in the matter of farm property the business has grown 
to large proportions, being at this time more extensive 
perhaps than that of any other agent or firm in the county. 


Mr. Haxton is independent in politics and in 1896 
was the Fusion candidate for the office of county treas- 
urer, but with the rest of his ticket went down in defeat 
before the formidable strength of opposing parties, al- 
though running far ahead of his associate candidates. 
Fraternally he belongs to the Modern \Yoodmen of 
America and in religion the Methodist Episcopal church 
represents his creed, of which his wife is also a member. 
His marriage was solemnized on April 29th, of the year 
1890, with Bertha Schmidt, of Indianapolis, where her 
birth occurred. December i. 1866, being the daughter 
of Ludwig and Pauline Schmidt. ]\Ir. and ^Irs. Hax- 
ton have no children. They own a comfortable modern 
home in Worthington. which is per\'aded by a spirit of 
generous hospitality, and among their many friends and 
acquaintances they are held in high esteem. 


One of the men whose energies have been directed 
toward the advancement of Greene county's best inter- 
ests, is the subject of the present sketch, who was born 
in this county, being the son of Marcus and Marj- (Leon- 
ard) Hays. The foi-mer was a native of Virginia, while 
the latter was born in Indiana. Mr. Hays' paternal an- 
cestors were of Scotch-Irish extraction and had their 
home in Virginia. The Leonards were of English de- 
scent and came from New Jersey. Mr. Leonard settled 
in Owen county and followed farming and carpentry. 

Marcus Hays, father of the subject, attended the 


seminary at Parkersburg, \\'est Virginia, and also at 
Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. Here he was asso- 
ciated with Nicholas Longworth, grandfather of the 
present statesman. Later he came to Owen county, In- 
diana, and in 1849 moved to his fanii near Worthington, 
continuing there until his death, July 25, 1900. His 
first marriage occurred on May 20, 1850, to Mary Leon- 
ard, who died March 2, 1874. She bore him eight chil- 
dren, as follows: Byron, born December 29, 1852. died 
January 17, 1875; Benjamin F., bom March 15, 1855, 
is now living in this county, having married Josephine 
Hays April 9, 1884, and has one son, Harvey McDonald ; 
Joseph F. was bom July 19, 1857, and died October 21, 
1876; Lida, born January 13, i860, became the wife of 
N. C. Houstan October 5, 1881, a commission merchant 
of Omaha, Nebraska, and she died July 9, 1888, having 
been the mother of one daughter, Josephine, who is also 
deceased: Dora L.. bom June 12. 1862, departed this life 
Au,l;"ii^i 14. iNf)4: .mr subject was the next in order of 
birth: Alaicu- \va- li^m September 14. 1869, and is now 
fanning in Greene county, having married Evangeline 
Sanders, October 25, 1893, and became the father of one 
son, Marcus: Flora was born October 25, 1872, and died 
July 18, 1873. Our subject was married a second time. 
September 16. 1875: this time to Anna P. McCord. of 

Marcus A., father of our subject, was first a Whig 
and then a Republican in politics, taking- an active in- 
terest in public matters and having served his t(iwnship 
as trustee. He was enrolled during the Civil war. Init 
although physically disabled to enter service himself, he 


showed his loyalty by hiring a substitute, also contrib- 
uted toward a fund to prevent further drafts for men in 
his township. For more than forty years he has been 
an active member and liberal supporter of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. Marcus and M&ry (Leonard) Hays 
and all their deceased children are buried in the cemetery 
at the old homestead, which is now owned by Marcus, 
the young-est son. 

Samuel F. Hays, our subject, attended the Worth- 
ington high school, also DePauw University. He has 
devoted most of his attention to fanning, having made 
this a matter of scientific investigation as a result has 
been able to add much valuable infonnation to the sub- 
ject. He has made a close study of soils and the needs 
of crops and has frequently succeeded in doubling the 
yield, believing in the rotation of crops and the merits of 
judicious fertilizing. In addition to this Mr. Hays has 
always given considerable attention to stock raising, and 
here, too, he has worked along rational and progressive 
lines, having set aside considerable portions of his large 
farm for pasturage purposes, having considerable stock 
on hand throughout the year and dealing quite exten- 
sively in live stock. 

Since 1896 our subject has been engaged in building 
bridges and gravel roads in Greene county, having done 
practically all the street work since that time in Worth- 

On May 14. 1889, Mr. Hays was united in marriage 
with Jennie Ingersoll, daughter of William and I\Iarga- 
ret Ingersoll, both natives of this county. Three children 
have been bom into this family, namely: Joseph I., 
bom July 22, 1890; Lloyd Perkin, torn Januan,- 14, 


1893, and Marguerite, born August 11, 1895. Grief has 
come to the family, however, in the death of the mother, 
December 18, 1904. Slie was a devoted member of the 
Methodist church and was held in high esteem by her 
many friends and acquaintances. 

Mr. Hays is a Republican in politics and has a con- 
siderable influence on the side of a clean administration 
of public affairs. His home, which is among the best in 
the county, is a place where the most congenial atmos- 
phere welcomes the many visitors and friends. 


Benjamin Carrell was born March 31, 1843, in 
Greene county, Indiana, and died there August 30, 1905. 
After receiving a limited schooling and living at home 
until he was eighteen years old. he enlisted, in 1861, in 
Company C. Forty-third Regiment. Indiana Volunteer 
Infantrs', and went through the war as a private. He 
was captured at Helena, Arkansas, and spent nearly a 
year in prison at Tyler. Texas. After the war he re- 
turned home and was sick for a long time, having con- 
tracted sore eyes while in the army, which caused the loss 
of sig'ht in one of them after the war. He always worked 
at fanning and left one hundred and seventeen acres of 
good land in Richland township to his family. He was 
supen-isor and manager of gravel roads in his native 
township. He was a Repul)lican and a member of the 
Grand Army of the Repul)lic. He married Catherine 


Flatter. Februaiy 8, 1866, the daughter of ^Michael and 
Rachel ( ^Manning) Flatter, both natives of Mandand, 
who came to Greene county, Indiana, in 1830, and set- 
tled in Richland township, where he worked a farm and 
where both he and his wife died. They had eleven chil- 
dren, namely: Jesse, Jackson. Richard. Eliza. Emily, in- 
fant. Julia, Van Buren, Amanda. Catherine. Loretta ; all 
except one grew to maturity. 

Bnejamin Carrell and wife had thirteen children. 
namely: Henry, who died young: Ida S.. who married 
Wilson Smith, of Bloomfield; John, who died in in- 
fancy; infant; Alma, who married Rollie Burcham. a 
farmer in Taylor township : Alice, who died when two 
years old: Etta May. who died in infancy; Alonzo. a 
farmer in Richland township, who married Mary Combs ; 
Franklin died in childhood : Francis Marion, at home ; 
Fred, Nellie and Ethel, all live at home, and an infant. 
Mrs. Carrell and the children live on the old homestead. 

James Carrell. the father of the subject of this 
sketch, who was born April 17. 181 5. and died October 
23, 1865, was a native of Orange county, Indiana. He 
married Feniette McCoy, of Greene county, in February. 
1834. They came to Daviess county. Indiana, when that 
county was ven' sparsely settled, where they both died. 
The names of their children follow : John B.. who mar- 
ried Amanda Flatter, who is deceased ; his widow is liv- 
ing at Mineral City, Indiana ; Mary, who married Solo- 
mon Stone, both now deceased; Martha, who married 
Nathaniel Ruth, and resides at Mineral City : Mar\' mar- 
ried Solomon Stone, and both are dead : Benjamin, sub- 
ject of this sketch: Sarah, wife of John Shatzer, of 


Bloomfield; Nancy, deceased; Jane, who married Riley 
Reynolds, is now deceased; Orlenia, widow of Benton 
O'Neill, who lives in Bloomfield; ^^'illiam, a farmer, who 
lives in Richland township; Henry, deceased. 


Kinsey Cullison, of Richland township, who has 
spent the major part of his life in Greene county as 
farmer and proprietor of flour and sawmills, is a native 
of Ohio, being born in Coshocton county, August 18, 
1829. What little schooling he has was gained before 
he was nine years old in a nu^al school. It was at this 
early age that he went to live with Ephraim Cullison, with 
whom he remained two years. Then he lived for three 
years with N. Price, and in February, 1850, came to 
Indiana and worked for Harvey Doney and others, 
finally obtaining possession of land in Center township, 
Greene county, clearing one hundred acres himself and 
living in Center township until 1894, when he moved to 
Mineral City and bought eighty-six acres, where he 
fanned and operated a store, later managing a grist mill 
and sawmills. He was a constable and held other public 
offices. He has always been a Republican and a member 
of the Methodist church for fifty years. He enlisted in 
August, 1862, in Company E, Ninety-seventh Indiana 
Volunteer Infantry, and was sent to Louisville, Memphis 
and Vicksburg, taking part in the battles of Murfrees- 
Iv.n. and Riclnnond. He was badlv hurt bv a mule fall- 


ing on him while performing duties of wagoner and 
was discharged May, 1865. He is a member of the Grand 
Army of the Repubhc. 

Mr. Culhson first married. September 19. 1853, 
Nancy McCord, daughter of Abner and ]Man- (Rigee) 
McCord, both natives of Kentucky, who came to Greene 
county, Indiana, in 181 7, setthng in Center township. 
The subject's first wife died in June, 1861. He married 
Penelope Riddle, who lived near his old home. She 
was a daughter of Bailey Riddle, a native of 
Kentucky, who came to that section of Indiana 
in 1 82 1, later moving to Missouri. where he 
died. The subject's second wife died in January, 
1877, and he married Naomi Cullison on March i, 
1881, a daughter of Isaac and Mary (Street) Cullison, 
natives of Coshocton county, Ohio, who came to Indiana 
in 1849. He was a miller and was connected with the 
mills there for twenty-one years. Mr. Cullison's third 
wife died in August, 1906. He had four children by his 
first wife: Sarah E.. who married John Mevrideth, liv- 
ing in Caldwell county, Kansas ; Abner, deceased : John, 
who married Lucy Edwards, also lives in Caldwell 
county, Kansas ; Josephine, who married Aaron Shafer, 
of Center township. Mr. Cullison had five children by 
his second wife: Paris, a farmer, living in Caldwell 
county, Kansas; Asbui^y, deceased; Phoebe Ann, mar- 
ried Samuel Pollard, who lives in Caldwell county, Mis- 
souri ; Emma, deceased, who married Andrew Hardetz ; 
Willie, a farmer in Richland township, who married 
Nora Johns. The subject had one child by his third 
wife, Guy. who is living at Monroe City. Indiana. 


Closes Cullison, the father of the subject, married 
]\Iary Wantland. They were both natives of Maryland, 
but were married in Ohio. He was a shoemaker. He 
was a Democrat and a member of the Baptist church. 
His wife was a member of the Methodist church. They 
were the parents of the following children : Margaret, 
deceased, who married Samuel Meredith ; Hyatt, de- 
ceased, who married James Cullison ; Elizabeth, deceased, 
who married John Burch ; Priscilla, deceased, who mar- 
ried Ray Hall ; Mray, widow of Alexander McCol- 
lough, living in Sullivan, Indiana; Kinsey, the subject 
of this sketch; James W., living in Oregon; he is a 
teacher and farmer; Susan, deceased, who married 
Samuel Gozzany; Rachel, deceased. 


Samuel Foster was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, 
July 15. 1836. and attended school there for a few years. 
He enlisted. July 6, 1861, in Company C, Twenty-first 
Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery, at Bloomfield, In- 
diana, and was sent to Indianapolis, later to Baltimore, 
Maryland. Then to Ship Island, Mississippi, and was 
on the expendition to New Orleans. He was in the siege 
of Port Hudson and Baton Rougx, and also in the siege 
of Spanish Fort, Alabama. He was doing garrison duty 
until July, 1866, having served nearly five years as a 
private, sergeant and orderly, also second lieutenant. He 
was shot in the hand while in the swamps of Louisiana 


and came near bleeding to death. He also contracted a 
chronic disease there. He started with seventy men for 
New Orleans: on the si.xty-mile trip they captured the 
steamer "Fox" and brought it to that city. He married 
Mar)- J. Hatfield, a native of Taylor township, Greene 
county, on January 7, 1866. They had the following 
children: Joseph E., deceased; Clarence A., who mar- 
ried Emma Ouiller on August 16, 1895; they have two 
children, Raymond and Mary; he has always farmed on 
the old place; Leonidas C, who was a railroader for 
several years, now living at home; he married Stella 
Emer>' ; they had the following children : Inez, Sylvia, 
Cecil, deceased; Clarence, Carrie, who is the wife of 
Carl Wantland, of Bloomfield, Indiana. They have two 
children : Chester and Bernard. 

Samuel Foster located in Taylor township at the 
close of the w^ar, where he now lives on a farm of one 
hundred and sixty acres, one hundred acres of which he 
cleared himself. He does a general farming business and 
raises considerable stock. He is the son of Noah Foster, 
a native of Coshocton, Ohio, who married Sarah Ram- 
pley, a native of Maryland. He farmed in Ohio for 
some time and moved to Taylor township, Greene county, 
Indiana, in 1839, where he farmed on a one hundred and 
sixty acre tract. To this union were bom the following 
children : Ethelinda. deceased ; Samuel, the subject of 
this sketch ; James, living in Washington township ; 
Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth and Martha, all deceased ; 
Emma, living in Monroe county, Indiana. He was a 
Republican. Both he and his wife were methodists. He 
died in 18S3 and his wife died in 1886. 



Mason Faucett, of Taylor Township, was born 
there September 2, 1844, and he has spent most of his 
life there. He attended school for a short time when a 
boy and lived with his parents. He married, in 1866, 
Sarah Haywood, of his own community. She was the 
daughter of Charles and June Haywood, natives of Ten- 
nessee, who first went to Pennsylvania, later coming to 
Greene county, Indiana. Mason Faucett had five chil- 
dren, namely : Emma, who married Peter Fn,'. of Tay- 
lor township; they have two children, Letha and Neva; 
Ettie, the wife of Willard Creighton, of Bloomfield; 
they have two children, Vernon and Grace; Ma^^^ the' 
wife of Ernest Catron, of Taylor township; they have 
one child, Lois ; Alvin, who lives at home. 

Mr. Faucett enlisted July, 1862, in Companv A. 
One Hundred and Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantiy, 
and served in Tennessee and Kentucky, being in several 
minor engagements. He enlisted a second time on Feb- 
ruary 2, 1864, in Company G, One Hundred and Forty- 
ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantr}-, and served 
in Alabama and Tennessee, being in a number of small 
engagements. He was discharged in September, 1865. 
Since the war lie has lived two years in Stafford township 
and five years in Richland township, this county, having 
lived in Taylor township, his native county, for the past 
thirty years. He has a farm of one hundred and twenty- 
seven acres on which he raises all kinds of grains and 
many kinds of stock. He is a Republican and a member 
of the Christian church. 


Mason Faucett is tlie son of James and Willie 
(Mason) Faucett, both natives of North Carolina. James 
came with his father, Eli Mason, to Greene county, In- 
diana, in 1818. The latter secured two hundred acres 
of land. He cleared the land, which he continued to work 
until he contracted the smallpox and went blind. He was 
twice married, having four children by his first wife and 
two by his second. John Mason, the subject's grand- 
father, was a native of North Carolina, who brought his 
wife to Greene county, Indiana, in 1818 and settled in 
Richland township, where they died, leaving three sons 
and three daughters. James Faucett was a farmer and 
spent his life with his parents working the old homestead. 
He was a Republican and a member of the Christian 
church. They had nine children, namely: Lizzie, de- 
ceased; Harriet, living in Strafford township; Mason, 
the subject of this sketch; Eli, living in Richland town- 
ship ; Eliza, living in Bloomfield ; Jane, living in Taylor 
township ; Abraham, living at Flat Rock, Illinois ; Mar- 
tha, living in Hammond county, Kansas; Ida, living in 
Bloomfield. James Faucett died in 1888. and his wife 
died in 1891. 


Holding distinctive prestige among the representa- 
tive business men of Greene county is the popular gentle- 
man whose name appears above. Belonging to the 
younger generation of merchants he has already won the 
esteem and confidence of all who know him. not alone 


by reason of ability displayed in his chosen calling, but 
also bv his candid mien, g-enerous heart and freedom from 
deceit. His father. William B. Squire, was a physician 
of high standing and wide repute, who practiced his pro- 
fession at ^\'orthington for a number of years and was 
long recognized as a man of eminent attainment in the 
noble calling to which his energies were devoted. 

Dr. William B. Squire was born in Coshocton 
county, Ohio, January 30. 1830, a son of Samuel and 
Jane (Stilwell) Squire, natives, respectively, of Vemiont 
and West Virginia. Both sides of the family are of 
English extraction, their descent in America dating pre- 
vious to the Revolutionary war. The Stilwells first set- 
tled on Staten Island and Squires in Vemiont. represen- 
tatives of each family having served in the early Indian 
wars; also in both wars with Great Britain. In 1831, 
Bradley Squire removed with his family from Vermont 
to Coshocton county, Ohio, where he engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits and passed the remainder of his days. 
This man was the father of Samuel Squire and grand- 
father of Dr. W. B. Squire. Samuel Squire devoted his 
life to the tilling of the soil and was a man of intelligence 
and wide influence in the community of his residence. He 
was the father of four sons and four daughters, among 
the fomier being Dr. William B. Squire, who grew to 
maturity nn the home farm, and received his early educa- 
ti(in in the public schools. At the age of eighteen he be- 
gan his career as a public instructor, and while thus en- 
gaged took up the study of medicine, which he prose- 
cuted under competent precq:>tors until entering the Cin- 
cinnati School of Medicine, from which he was grad- 


ualed in 1856. In the meantime (1855) he came to 
Greene county, Indiana, and located where Jasonvihe 
now stands, which town he laid out and named in honor 
of Jason Rodgers, a merchant and well known citizen of 
the place. In July, 1861, he helped recruit what after- 
wards became Company F, Thirty-first Indiana Infantry, 
but after serving about seven months he was compelled 
to resign his commission on account of ill health. Sub- 
sequently (1863) he re-enlisted and was -made surgeon 
of the Fourteenth Regiment, which position he held until 
the close of the war. He had moved to W'orthington in 
1862 and on his return from the army resumed the prac- 
tice of medicine in that town, which to a greater or less 
extent he continued, receiving a reputation much more 
than local. In 1871 he embarked in the drug trade and 
in addition opened a dry goods in 1878, being quite suc- 
cessful in both branches of business. 

Dr. Squire and Rebecca Thrasher were married in 
1852 and four children blessed the union.- namely: 
Azubia J., Samuel F., E. Byrd and Ida May. The mother, 
a native of Clark county, Ohio, died in 1871. In 1872 
the doctor chose a second wife in the person of ]\Irs. 
Hattie A. Walker, who bore him one child, a daughter 
by the name of Ethel L. 

Dr. Squire was originally a Whig, but when that 
old party fulfilled its mission and passed out of exist- 
ence he became a Republican and from the birth of the 
latter party he was one of its ardent supporters. While 
zealous in the advocacy of his principles and familiar with 
the leading issues and public questions of the time, he 
never aspired to political prominence, preferring to con- 


fine his entire time and attention to professional and busi- 
ness matters. Dr. Squire died in 1905. 

E. Byrd Squire, son of Dr. W. B. and Rebecca 
(Thrasher) Squire, was born in Jasonville, Greene 
county, Indiana, and spent his childhood and youth 
under the parental roof, attending meanwhile the public 
schools of his native place. Subsequently at the age of 
eighteen he was graduated from the Worthington high 
school and immediately thereafter associated with his 
brother in the grocery business at the place, the firm 
thus constituted lasting- but a short time. He next en- 
tered into partnership with his father in the same line of 
business and continued witht him during the eleven years 
ensuing', at the expiration of which time he purchased the 
entire interest and became sole proprietor of the estab- 
lishment. Meeting with encouraging success, Mr. 
Squire, in 1898, added a full line of clothing and a boot 
and shoe department to his store, and from this date to 
the present the business has grown steadily in volume 
and importance, being at this time the largest and most 
complete mercantile house in the city. In the manage- 
ment of his large and constantly increasing interest Mr. 
Squire has displayed rare business qualities and judgment 
of a high order, while no small share of his success is 
directly attributable to pleasant relations he has ever 
maintained with the public by studying its wants and 
sparing no pains to supply the same. 

Mr. Squire is a Republican in politics and as such 
wields a strong influence for his party in local matters 
and general issues, having twice' sen-ed the town in the 
responsible position of treasurer and one term in the 


common council. Like the majority of the intelHgent and 
enterprising men he is identified with Masonic fraternity 
and also belongs to the fraternity of Odd Fellows, hav- 
ing filled all the chairs in the local lodge of the latter 
organization, besides taking an active and influential part 
in its more general deliberation. 

Mr. Squire, on May 5, 1881, was united in mar- 
riage with Estella Jones, of Bloomfield. who has borne 
him two children : Josephine, a student of the Worth- 
ington high school, in 1908, and one that died in in- 


The great profession of journalism — a profession 
long noted for its talented and energetic men — has an 
ardent and enthusiastic worker in Clyde S. Moss, city 
editor of the Linton Daily Call. Mr. Moss is recognized 
as one of the progressive young business men of Linton, 
and as the moving spirit of this enterprising daily he 
keeps in close touch with the best interests of his home 
city. Following in the footsteps of his father, W. M. 
Moss, the pioneer newspaper man of southern Lidiana 
(a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume), 
he took up newspaper work at an early age and by his 
own clever ability has rapidly forged to the front. He 
has assumed the initiative in establishing many new and 
exclusive features in the local newspaper field and by his 
tact, energy and ability has given The Call a place among 
the brightest and best daily newspapers of the state. 


Clyde S. Moss was bom at Bloomfield. Indiana. 
August 8, 1882, the second son of William M. and Callie 
(Sccrtt) Moss. He was educated in the high schools of 
Bloomfield. graduating with the class of 1902. He was 
appointed a cadet at Annapolis Naval Academy imme- 
diately after his graduation from high school, but relin- 
quished the appointment after six months' sen-ice. to 
take up newspaper work, for which he early exhibited 
special talent. Mr. Moss was managing editor of The 
Clarksville (Tennessee) Daily Journal (1903), where 
' he did efficient and creditable work. He came to Linton 
with his father in 1904 and since then has been city 
editor of The Call, with the exception of several months 
on the reportorial stafif of The Terre Haute Tribune. His 
work in Terre Haute attracted attention over the state 
and he has declined numerous flattering offers to go to 
other fields, but elects to remain in Linton, as his faith 
in the destiny of the "Pittsburg of the West" is unshak- 
able. Mr. Moss has done much special work for The 
Chicago American and other metropolitan dailies and 
his work has always received the highest praise. 

Fraternally Mr. Moss affiliates with the iNIasons. 
Elks, Odd Fellows and ^Voodmen of the \\"orld. and 
socially he is one of the best known and best liked men 
in Linton. 


The popular and well known sheriff' of Greene 
nty. was born in Coshocton count}-. Ohio. October 22. 


1855. He is a son of Thomas and Ursula (Moore) Ed- 
ington, natives of Coshocton county, Ohio, where they 
were married, and where their early lives were spent. 
The family arrived in Greene county, Indiana, on the 13th 
of April, 1856. and located on a farm in Jackson town- 
ship, and there the parents remained until called to an- 
other life. The father, Thomas Edington, was born in 
July, 1833, and devoted his early manhood years to the 
profession of teaching, both in Ohio, and for some years 
after locating in this state. He was also a successful 
farmer and wood-working mechanic. He built a mill 
on his farm and operated that, with the aid of his sons, 
this being one of the first mills in the region. He was 
a son of Robert Edington, who was a soldier in the War 
of 1812. Three of father's brothers. Captain Elijah. 
Aquilla and Edmund, were soldiers in the Civil war. 
Thomas Edington died on his farm in Jackson township, 
January 13, 1873, ^""i 'lis wife died at Koleen, in the 
same township, September 27, 1907. These were the 
parents of eight children, of whom six are now living. 
The names in order of birth are as follows: Lei'oy \\'., 
a farmer in' Wright township; Purliette, who became 
the wife of Xorville Melton, deceased; she is now the 
wife of John McLaughlin, of Koleen; William W., the 
subject of this sketch, was the next in order of birth; 
Alargaret Alice married William H. Mansfield, a mer- 
chant at Koleen, but residing in Bloomfield (see personal 
sketch in this v(jlunie) ; Elijah W. is deputy sheriff of 
Greene county and a well-to-do farmer in Jackson town- 
ship; Thomas Leonard is a prosperous farmer in Taylor 
township, and Samuel Aquilla and Alvadore died in 


The subject of this sketch was educated in the 
public schools of Jackson township and was married and 
settled on a farm of his own at the age of eighteen. He 
followed farming and stock raising during most of his 
mature years, giving special attention to the buying 
and shipping of stock for some eighteen years. He has 
also been interested in the milling business, only dispos- 
ing of that interest when elected to the office of sheriff 
in 1904. Mr. Edington owns a valuable farm of one 
hundred and nineteen acres adjoining the town of Bloom- 
' field, also two buildings and some unimproved lots in 
Switz City. His farm is well stocked with horses, hogs 
and cattle, and is a valuable accessory to the monetary 
interests of its progressive owner. 

Mr. Edington was married February 6. 1872. to 
Miss Harriet Rebecca, daughter of ^Valter and Mary 
(Emery) Hayes, of Jackson township. To this uniLin 
five children were bom, but two of whom are now living: 
Icadore D., wife of Charles E. Combs (see sketch) ; Pur- 
liette, who died in infancy ; loma Dale, who died in 
young womanhood. June 26. 1905, a successful teacher 
and a young lady of bright promise: W'alteV Lee, seven- 
teen, is attending school, and Alice, who died at the age 
of three and a half years. The family are members 
of the Christian church at Switz City. Mr. Edington 
sensed as assessor of Jackson township for ten years, 
being first elected in 1884. He was elected sheriff as a 
Republican, in 1904. and re-elected in 1906. receiving in 
each case a very large and complimentary^ vote. Of the 
fraternal societies he is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and of the Improved Order of 
Red Alen. 



Typical of the spirit of Linton — a spirit of youth, 
progress and industry' — essential in the success of com- 
munities as well as individuals, is the character of the 
subject of our sketch, Claude S. Moss, circulation man- 
ag'er of The Linton Daily Call. 

Endowed with unmistakable talents and fortified 
with an experience in various lines, he has the happy 
faculty of succeeding in every pursuit that enlists his 
energies. As circulation manager of The Call, he has 
built up a circulation for that splendid daily that is not 
eclipsed by any paper in any city of similar importance 
in the state. 

Claude S. Moss was born at Riley, Lidiana. October 
12, 1880, the oldest son of William M. and Callie (Scott) 
Moss. He was educated in the public schools of Bloom- 
field, where his father moved in the early eighties, and at 
the L^niversity of Notre Dame. He was engaged in the 
mercantile business at Bloomfield for a few years, and 
later accepted a position as credit manager with the New 
Home Sewing Machine Company at Chicago. He re- 
mained in this responsible position for three years, 1900- 
1903, and resigned to accept a position as traveling sales- 
man for another Chicago firm. As a commercial sales- 
man he was eminently successful, standing close to the 
top in his record of sales among the salesman in his line 
in the Luiited States. He followed this vocation for 
three years, resigning to come to Linton and assume 
the management of the circulation department of The 


Mr. Moss was marriecl June 12. 1903. to Bertie Mc- 
Grath, daughter of Patrick McGrath, of Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, who has borne him one son. AUon Marshall 
Moss, born November 18, 1906. 

Mr. Moss is an Elk, Knight of Pythias, and a mem- 
ber of the \\'oodmen of the World, and is one of the 
most popular young business men of Lint(jn. 


Among those who ha\-e been prominently concerned 
ill the ushering in nt new areas of industrial activity in 
(ireene county stands William H. Deckard, ex-county 
auditor and now one of the leading business men of the 
county, where he has been a potent factor in the political, 
civil and moral advancement of her citizens for more than 
a quarter of a century. His extensive interests place him 
among the leaders in industrial circles in this section of 
Indiana, and he has achieved that success which is the 
logical result of enterprise, systematic effort, resolute pur- 
pose and straightforward methods. There are no other 
qualities absolutely essential to development, and upon 
the ladder of his own building he has climbed to promi- 
nence and prosperity, while in the community with whose 
interests he is so closely and conspicuously identified he 
is held in the highest esteem and confidence by members 
of all political parties, since his integrity and honesty of 
purpose are questioned by none. 

Mr. Deckard is the son of John and }*Iahalia | Butch- 

er) Deckard, having been bom in Sullivan county, In- 
diana, April 21, 1856. He attended the common schools 
there and applied himself in a most assiduous manner. 
which resulted in a good education, considering- the ad- 
vantages of those days. Having been reared on a farm, 
he naturally learned agriculture and began his life as a 
fanner, locating on eighty acres near Lyons, Greene 
count3^ where he was so successful that he was later able 
to add two hundred' and fifteen acres. His present fami 
near Lyons, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres 
of well improved land, equal to any in the county, is 
worth nnc hundred and forty dollars per acre. Li all he 
owns twii liundred and twelve acres in Greene county, 
fift3--two acres of which lies just north of the corporation 
line of Bloomfield, which is a fine location for a home ad- 
jacent to this beautiful and thriving city. He still owns 
fi^•e hundred acres of land in Hartley county, Texas. In 
connection with farming he has taken up the real estate, 
insurance and loan business under the firm name of Deck- 
ard & Endres, besides being interested in the chair works 
of Bloomfield and a stockholder in the Bloomfield State 
Bank. The subject is also interested in the oil business 
in Oklahoma, being identified with the American Oil 
and Gas Company. In all his business affairs he has 
shown rare executive ability and foresight, seldom mak- 
ing a mistake in any venture. He lias made most of his 
property by trading in farm lands and carrying on a gen- 
eral farming and stock raising business. 

The subject was happily married in 1877 to Eliza 
Pitcher, a native of Shelby county, Indiana. Eight chil- 
dren — Lex v., Olive, Florence, Oscar W., Estella Mav, 


Elnora, Bert, Gertrude and Lucile — liave been Ijorn to 
this union. Lex V. Deckard, the subject's son, gradu- 
ated from the law department of the University of In- 
diana in June, 190S; Ohve Florence is living at home; 
Estella May and Elnora are both deceased ; Bert, Ger- 
trude and Lucile are students in the Bloomfield schools. 
Mrs. Deckard is a member of the Methodist church. Fra- 
ternally Mr. Deckard is a charter member of the Ma- 
sonic lodge at Lyons. He is also a charter member of 
the Royal Arch Masons at Bloomfield, and a charter 
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at 
Lyons. He is also a charter member of the Modem 
\\'oodmen at the same place, and of the Protective Or- 
der of Elks, Lodge No. 866. at Linton. He takes a 
great interest in lodge work and his daily life would in- 
dicate that he is endeavoring to carr\- out their good 

Mr. Deckard is a loyal Democrat and takes an ac- . 
tive part in political affairs. He was mentioned and 
elected tiaistee of Grant township, Greene county, in 
1888, carr\-ing a Republican township by forty-five votes, 
which had previously gone Republican by thirty-five 
votes. He served in this capacity for seven years and 
four months. He was nominated for auditor of Greene 
county by his Democratic friends in 1896 and was de- 
feated by H. L. Doney by one hundred and thirty-one 
votes. The county was six hundred Republican. In 
1900 he was again nominated for the same place and was 
elected against Dr. P. M. Cook by two hundred and forty 
votes, the county still being six hundred Republican. He 
was renominated in 1904 and was defeated by twn bun- 


dred and thirty votes, the largest vote on the RepubHcan 
county ticket being one thousand and one hundred. This 
shows Mr. Deckard's great popularity in Greene county 
among both parties. In the last election not one 
Democrat was elected. Not even a supennsor. 
In Grant township, the home of the subject, he 
carried far more than the strength of his party, and 
he carried Beech Creek township, one of the strong- 
est Republican townships, by forty-five \'otes when 
that township was one hundred and forty Republican, he 
being the only Democrat who ever carried the township. 
Everybody says he did ample justice in handling the au- 
ditor's office, all parties being well pleased with his work. 
In his official capacity all the people with whom he came 
in contact received the same courteous treatment, regard- 
less of political affiliations. 

In all his political career I\Ir. Deckard has never 
asked for a single nomination to any office, all nomina- 
tions having been given by acclamation or unaninious 
consent. He is now out of politics only for his friends, 
feeling grateful to his many friends in the opposite party. 
Mr. Deckard's career, both in public and in business, has 
always been unassailable, even by his most pronounced 
opponents, his conscientiousness, high integrity and abil- 
ity being highly respected by all who know him. 


It has been often questioned whether the times make 
useful and distinguished men or such men make the times. 


Certain it is tliat during the closing years of the last 
century and tlie opening of the one now so bright with 
promise there has been a marked development of practical 
science and skill, and wonderful advancement in the va- 
rious lines of inventive industry and mechanical ingenu- 
ity. Every year has increased this development. The 
demand for men who can concentrate their minds or tum 
their hands for the purpose of bringing about desired re- 
sults has been unparalleled in the history of the human 
race. The supply has been as wonderful as the demand, 
for on every hand, in evei^y sphere of activity, the keen, 
shrewd and closely obser\nng, far-seeing men of prac- 
tical ideas and inventive skill is in evidence. The times 
have called for the men. and the men have met and hur- 
ried forward the times. 

It is one of these well rounded men of affairs and 
captains of industr}' that the chronicler essays to write in 
this connection, a man whose mechanical genius was man- 
ifest at an early age, and who, by following the bent of 
his inclination, has given to the world a number of valu- 
able inventions and practical improvements and won for 
himself a desen^edly conspicuous place in the industrial 
circles of his own city, besides gaining much more than 
local repute among the leading manufacturers i)f his 

Philip Harrah, whose name has long been identi- 
fied with the iDusiness interests of Blooimfield. and the in- 
dustrial development of the city, is a native of Putnam 
countv, Indiana, where his birth occurred on September 
25. 1864. His father. Henry Beard, was of German de- 
scent of the best type and a man of great integrity, he 


dying when Philip was but three years old. The lad 
was adopted by Captain James B. Harrah, from whom 
he takes his present name. The subject's mother, prior 
to her marriage, was Sarah Hood. She later married 
Lemuel Laughead, of St. Mar>'s, Indiana, now deceased. 
She now resides at Terre Haute. The Hoods are of Eng- 
lish origin and lineal descendants uf the distinguished 
Bimiingham family of England, from which the city of 
Birminghami derives its name. The first representatives 
in America settled in one of the southern colonies a num- 
ber of years prior to the War of the Revolution, and at 
the breaking out of that struggle several of the name 
entered the American army and rendered conspicuous and 
distinguished sennce until independence was achieved. 
The branch of the family to which Mr. Harrah's ances- 
tors belonged figured pi'ominently in the early settlement 
and development of Tennessee, from which state the im- 
mediate antecedents subsequently migrated to Indiana 
and were long and widely known and esteemed residents 
of the county of Putnam. 

Philip Harrah found a good home and pleasant sur- 
roundings with his foster parents, who ministered to his 
comfort and looked after his interests with the same care 
and attention they would have bestowed upon a son of 
their own. In his youth his time was divided between 
farm labor and the district schools, first in Putnam county 
where he spent the early years of his life and later in the 
county of Greene, to which the Harrah family removed 
in 1876. Not being entirely satisfied with the pursuit of 
agriculture he early decided to adopt some vocation more 
in harmonv with his tastes and tendencies, accordingly 


while still young he began giving expression to his 
natural inventive talent by making a number of mechan- 
ical contrivances which proved of value. 

Following his inclinations young Harrah perse- 
vered at his labors and in due time invented and placed 
upon the market several mechanical devices for which 
there was soon a wide demand by the local and general 

These and other examples of mechanism which ap- 
peared from time to time established his reputation as 
an inventor and in due time the financial reward which 
comes to the true g^enius enabled him to embark more 
extensively in his special field of endeavor, and take a 
commanding place in the industrial development of the 
city in which he resided. 

The Universal Repair Machine is among the best 
known of his inventions for which he obtained patents, 
and such was its favorable reception that in 1895 he 
organized a company for its manufacture. This com- 
pany, composed of Mr. Harrah and Mr. Oscar Shry^er, 
was the first organization of the kind in Bloomfield, and 
its completion marks the beginning of the city's industrial 
history. From the day operations commenced the suc- 
cess of the enterprise was assured, and the business has 
since grown to such magnitude that their machinen,- and 
devices are marketed throughout this and many foreign 
countries. The crowning result of Mr. Harrah's in- 
ventive genius is the justly celebrated Galvanized Tubu- 
lar Fence Post, on which he studied and labored for a 
number of years. Being convinced that metal furnished 
the only proper material, and confronted by the unwel- 


come fact that there was no machinen- by which to man- 
ufacture the posts, the idea of hand work being at once 
abandoned on account of the heavy expense that would 
necessarily be involved, Mr. Harrah, after years of ex- 
perimenting, finally perfected the first and only practical 
automatic machine that will produce a perfect fence post 
with great rapidity. Without entering into further par- 
ticulars concerning this signal achievement suffice it to 
state that on September 15, 1905, the American Post 
Company incorporated under the laws of Indiana for the 
purpose of manufacturing steel fence posts and machinery 
under the Harrah patents, Mr. Harrah being elected pres- 
ident of the enterprise in addition to which office he also 
devotes much time to the operation of the plant. 

Mr. Harrah's va-rious enterprises have tended greatly 
to the building up of Bloomfield and giving it publicity as 
an important manufacturing center, and he stands today 
among the prominent and influential men of the city, as 
well as a captain of industry, l^eing interested in all that 
makes for the good of the community and the welfare of 
his fellow men. He sen-ed for six years as a member of 
the city board of trustees, during which time the present 
splendid electric light and water works systems were es- 
tablished, also a number of other material improvements, 
in addition to which he was instrumental in bringing 
about much important legislation and always took an 
active interest in all measures and movements for the gen- 
eral good of the municipality. 

On October 18, 1888, at the age of twenty-four, Mr. 
Harrah was married to Martha J. Flater, daughter of 
Nicodemus and Maria J. Flater. of Richland township. 


Greene county, an intelligent and retined latly ijf varied 
accomplishments, whose amiable qualities have made her 
popular in the city of her residence and whose many 
kindly acts of charity and benevolence have endeared her 
to a large number of the less fortunate of her kind. Mr. 
and ]\Irs. Harrah, with their two daughters. Nota and 
Ruby, and son Chester, constitute a most agreeable and 
delightful domestic circle, as all testify who at any time 
have enjoyed the generous hospitality with which their 
home abounds. Nota. the oldest of these children, was 
born July i, 1889, the second, Ruby, October 30, 1890, 
and the youngest first saw the light of day on September 
26, 1894. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Harrah were teachers in the 
schools of Greene county in their earlier life. Mrs. Har- 
rah was one of the organizers of the Bloomfield Public 
Library and served two years as one of the directors; 
also a member of the board of childrens' guardians by 
appointment of the judge of the court in 1907; also a 
member of the Argonaut Literary Club and a social club 
of the city. Mr. Harrah was one of the promoters 
of the Business Men's Social Club, of which he is a 
member of the house committee. 

Mr. Harrah mingles much with his fellow citizens 
and is essentially a man of the people with their welfare 
and best interests ever at heart. He is a member of the 
Masonic lodg^e and Order of Knights of Pythias. He is 
also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks and the Modern Woodmen, a Republican in 
politics and in religion subscribes to the Cumberland 
Presbvterian faith, of which church his wife, too. is ;i 


faithful and consistent communicant. A typical repre- 
sentative of the progressive American spirit of the day, 
an honor to his county and state and a credit to the nation 
under whose institutions he has achieved such marked 
and signal results. Mr. Harrah's life forcibly illustrates 
what can be accomplished by a young man who makes 
the most of his opportunities by improving the talents 
with which he has been blessed and who, never satisfied 
with the mere doing, sets his mind high and ever follow- 
ing noble aims and lofty ideals, makes the experiences 
of yesterday the ladder of today, by which he finally sur- 
mounts all difficulties and obstacles until the success for 
which he struggled is ultimately reached and he takes pos- 
session of his own. In the best sense of the term he is a 
self-made man. His labors have been greatly appreciated 
and as an inventor, manufacturer and broad-minded, pro- 
gressive man of affairs he stands today with few peers in 
the especial field to which his talents and skill ha\-e been 


Among the enterprising business men of Linton, In- 
diana, who, while advancing their own interests, have, 
at the same time accomplished much for the development 
and improvement of the community in which they reside, 
mention should be made of Joseph S. Hurt, a well known 
merchant, wIkt was born in Cumberland county, Ken- 
tucky, near Berksville, February 7, 1848, the son of 


Thomas and Martha (Burnett) Hurt, who removed from 
that county to Pike county, Indiana, in 1861, and re- 
mained there on a fami during the remaining years of 
their lives, ]\Ir. Hurt having died November 10. 1903. 
The subject's mother passed away about ten years 
previous. They raised a family consisting of the follow- 
ing sons and daughters : Joseph S. ; Alfred is a. prosperous 
farmer of Pike county; Viola is the wife of George Mur- 
ray, an engineer in Pike cnunty : Almarine, a farmer liv- 
ing in Missouri ; Annie, now Mrs. Barnett, living in Pike 
county; the next three children died in infancy or child- 
hood; William, who was a fanner in Pike county, died 
in 1907. The father of the subject was a soldier in the 
One Hundred and Forty-third Indiana Volunteer Regi- 

The subject was educated in his native county and 
also in Pike county, Indiana, receiving a fairly good com- 
mon school education. He began farming early in life, 
which he successfully followed for a period of twenty 
years during his young manhood days in Pike county. 
Then he launched in the mercantile business, which he has 
ever since made a success, having first established a coun- 
tiy store near Arthur, Indiana, which he conducted for 
two years. Coming from there to Linton in 1899. he 
engaged in teaming during the seven years following, 
handling coal, principally. Then he bought a restaurant 
but was burned out. Later he built a residence and store 
building at 309 Third street. Northeast, where he has 
since carried a full line of groceries, provisions, meat and 
dairv- products. He has shown by the growth of his 
business and the steady increase of his patronage that 


he has mastered the details of tliis business, and his honest 
principles enables him to quickly gain the confidence and 
good will of his customers. 

Mr. Hurt was united in marriage to Hattie Davis, 
on Januar}^ 28, 1868. Eight children have been born to 
this union, two of whom are deceased : They are : The- 
ophilus, a teamster in Linton ; Estella, wife of Cornelius 
Cooksey, of Linton : Clarence, a partner with his father ; 
Pearlie Kehoe, lives in Linton ; Dennis is a miner living 
in the same town ; Lovey Pursuit lives at home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hurt are members of the general Bap- 
tist church. In political views Mr. Hurt has been a life- 
long Republican, and while he has usually been too busy to 
devote much time to local politics, he is a public spirited 
man and is always ready to do what he can toward help- 
ing forward any worthy cause looking to the bettemient 
of his county. He has held the office of road super\'isor 
with credit and was elected to the city council of Linton 
in 1905, from the first ward, being the only Republican 
in the council. He is a member of the committee on print- 
ing, and the street committee, and he is said to be one of 
the most active and vigilant workers for the city's good 
in the council. Fraternally Mr. Hurt is a member of the 
Masonic lodge. He is also an active worker in the Linton 
Merchants' Association, being known as a man who stands 
for his own city first and who wastes no opportunity to 
promote the interests of the place in which he resides, and 
has his business. Mr. Hurt has the esteem of all who 
know him. and that includes, among a great number of 
outsiders, nearly eveiy one in Linton. 



When distinguished professional ability, valuable 
public sei-vices, unblemished political integrity and a pri- 
vate life above reproach contribute to adorn the character 
of an individual and make his presence an honor to the 
community and an influence for substantial good among 
his fellowmen, then it is proper to set prominently 
forth as an example to those who would attain credit for 
themselves and make their achievements a blessing to the 
world. The subject of this review ven' properly comes 
under this category and it is with due regard to his high 
standing in one of the most responsible and exacting 
of callings and to his sterling worth as a trusted public 
sei-\'ant and enterprising" citizen, that the writer essays 
in this connection the task of placing before the reader 
the leading facts in a career that has made him a well 
known and widely respected man in the county of which 
he is a resident. Dr. Peter M. Cook, whose enviable po- 
sition in medical circles is cheerfully conceded not only 
by his professional brethren but by the public at large, 
has gained a reputation which comes only through abil- 
ity and skill, and as the legitimate reward of persevering 
effort. Progressive in the broadest sense of the term, he 
has ever kept abreast of the times in all matters relating 
to his noble calling and his advanced methods have 
brought him not only eminent professional success, but 
liberal financial remuneration as well. In addition to his 
career as a physician and surgeon, he has also figured as 
one of the influential public leaders of his county and is 
now sen-ing the people in a responsible official capacity 


to which he was elected in the year 1906, and the duties 
of which he has discharged in sucli a manner as to give 
additional luster to a reputation in which his fellow- citi- 
zens, irrespective of party affiliation, have long mani- 
fested a pardonable pride. 

Dr. Cook is a native of Guernsey county, Ohio, 
where his birth occurred on the i/th day of April. 1847. 
His father, Thomas R. Cook, a Pennsylvanian by birth. 
went to Ohio in early life and from thence removed, in 
1858, to Greene county, Indiana, settling at the village 
of Solsberry, where he spent the remainder of his days. 
dying on April 22d of the year 1904. Thomas R. Cook 
served with distinction in the late Civil war as a member 
of the Ninety-seventh Indiana Infantry, in which, for 
meritorious conduct, he rose by a series of promotions to 
the command of his regiment, having been discharged at 
the cessation of hostilities with the rank of colonel. He 
was distinctively a man of affairs, influential in advanc- 
ing the material interests of the community in which he 
resided and left to his descendants the reputation of an 
honorable name and in everj^ respect a praiseworthy life. 
Harriett Gibbens, who became the wife of Thomas R. 
Cook, was born and reared in Ohio, her marriage having 
been solemnized in the county of Guernsey. Like her 
husband, she, too, was esteemed by a large circle of 
friends and acquaintances for her many admirable traits 
and is remembered for her beautiful character and for the 
wholesome moral influence she exerted among all with 
whom she mingled. The family of this estimable couple 
consisted of nine children : Elizabeth C, now Mrs. John 
Mullen, of Nebraska ; the subject of this sketch being the 


second of the number. The names of the others in order 
of birth are as follows: Charles Henry, deceased; Ed- 
ward S., of Bloomington, this state; Eva, who married 
C. H. Keys and at the present time lives in Colorado 
City, Colorado; William F., a resident of Solsberry, 
Greene county ; John Thomas, also a resident of the 
county of Greene; Benjamin Butler, of Columbus, In- 
diana, and Birdie, now Mrs. Robert Law, of Logans- 
port, Lidiana. 

Dr. Peter M. Cook was about ten years (_>kl when his 
parents moved to Indiana and from 1857 to the present 
time, a period of fifty-one years, his life has been very 
closely identified with the histoi-y and development of 
Greene count}-. In the public schools he laid the foun- 
dation of the mental training which subsequently enabled 
him to enter upon the career of his choice, the profession 
of medicine for which he early manifested a decided pref- 
erence and to the preparation for which he devoted all 
the energies of a studious and enthusiastic youthful na- 
ture. After proper preliminary instruction under the di- 
rection of a well-known local physician, he entered, in 
1878, the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, where 
he prosecuted his studies until completing the prescribed 
course in 1883, at which time he was graduated with an 
honorable record, standing among the most proficient in 
the class of that year. 

Soon after receiving his degree Dr. Cook opened 
an office in the village of Stanford, Monroe county, 
where, during the ensuing two years, he successfully sur- 
mounted the difficulties which usually beset the ydung 
physician and 1)uilt up a fairly lucrative practice. At the 


expiration of the time indicated, however, he removed to 
the wider and more promising field at Solsberry, where 
he followed his chosen calling with marked success until 
the year 1906. Equally proficient in medicine and sur- 
gery, his success in many critical cases and delicate opera- 
tions early brought him prominently to the notice of the 
puljlic, with the result that in addition to his local prac- 
tice which included an extensive range, he was frequently 
called to distant places to treat serious cases. 

Aside from the claims of his profession Dr. Cook 
has ever manifested a lively interest in public affairs; 
as a citizen has kept in touch with the great issues of the 
day. In the course of time his influence in the Republican 
party was such as to make him a leader in that part of 
the country in which he lives. In recognition of valuable 
services rendered the party, as well as by reason of his 
fitness for the position, he was nominated, in 1906. for 
the office of county auditor and after an animated cam- 
paign defeated his competitor by a handsome majority. 
The duties of this office he has since discharged in an able 
and praiseworthy manner, satisfactory to the public. His 
official career has been a very creditable one, and since 
entering upon the important trust confided to him, he 
has made everv- other consideration subordinate to his 
duty to the public and spared no pains in proving him- 
self worthy the confidence of the people. 

The domestic chapter in the history of Dr. Cook's 
career has been one of almost ideal character, and much 
of his courage, inspiration and confidence have been sup- 
plied by the helpful presence of the wife and companion 
who, for over a third of a centuiy, has been the presiding 


spirit of his home and to whose judicious counsel and 
hearty co-operation not a Httle of his success is due. Mrs. 
Cook, who formerly bore the name of Mary Jane Gaston, 
and to whom he was united in the bontls of wedlock in 
1874. is the daughter of James ]\I. Gaston, of Beech 
Creek township, a representative of one of the earliest 
pioneer families of that part of Greene county. Mr. 
Gaston was for many years a man of considerable local 
prominence, who held the office of township trustee a 
number of terms and the family has been prominent in 
the affairs of the above township from the original settle- 
ment of the country to the present time. Dr. and Mrs. 
Cook are the parents of three children, the oldest of 
whom, a daughter by the name of Maude, married Hugh 
S. Bullock, of Greene county, and resides in the village 
of Solsberry; Thomas Roy Cook, M. D., the second in 
the order of birth, is a practicing physician of Bowling 
Greene, Indiana, and a man widely and favorably known 
in his profession ; Eva, the youngest of the family, is the 
wife of Clyde O. Yoho, the present clerk of the Greene 
county circuit court. 

Dr. Cook is actively identified with secret fraternal 
work and has risen to hig-h stations in the different or- 
ganizations to which he belongs, being a Royal Arch 
Mason and an influential member of the Pythian and 
Odd Fellows Orders, in each of which he has held im- 
portant olTicial positions. 


Biography more than any other histor}- commands 
the most interested attention for the olwious reason that 


it records our invn witli the experiences of others, who, 
in times past, traveled hfe's rugged pathway as our com- 
panions, acquaintances and friends. The recital of facts 
and incidents which connect the past with the present 
never fails to bring in its train a thrill of interest and 
satisfaction and — it is with this object in view that the 
chronicler in this connection essays the task of placing on 
record a brief history of a family that has figured actively 
in the early annals of Indiana, first in the county of 
Washington, where several of its representatives origin- 
ally settled, and later in Greene county, with the growth 
and development of which many of the name were pmni- 
inently identified and where a number of descendants are 
still to be found among the leading citizens of their re- 
spective communities. As indicated by the name, the 
Sherwood family is of English origin, but just when the 
founder of the American branch came to this country is 
not known, though it is supposed to have been a number 
of years prior to the War of Independence. In the early 
annals of Guilford county. North Carolina, the name of 
this family appears, and it was there, some time in the 
latter half of the eighteenth century, that Hugh Sher- 
wood, the ancestor of the Indiana Sherwoods, was born 
and reared. By occupation he was a tiller of the soil 
and from the most reliable accounts, a most estimable and 
praisworthy citizen, having belonged to that large and 
eminently respectable class of yeomanry, who, by cor- 
rect lives and in a quiet, unobtrusive way, exercise a 
wholesome influence among their fellows and furnish 
moral fiber to the communities honored by their resi- 
dence. In his young manhood Hugh Sherwood married 


Rebecca Fields, also a nati\-e of Guilford county and in 
due time became the father of six sons: B., Charles, 
Daniel, Thomas, Hugh and Jeremiah, all bom in North 
Carolina, where the family continued to reside until 
migrating, early in the year 1800, to Washington county. 

Upon his removal to this state Hugh Sherwood re- 
sumed the pursuit of agriculture and in the course of 
time became one of the enterprising farmers of his com- 
munity, which honorable vocation his sons also adopted, 
and, like him, they. too. rose to positions of respectability 
and influence in their several places of abode, Mr. Sher- 
wood and his faithful wife were pious and devoted mem- 
bers of the Methodist church and thrc.iughout long and 
varied lives always made their daily walk and coinersa- 
tion harmonize with the faith to which they subscribetl 
and to which they were ever loyal and true. Although 
born in a strongly Democratic state and from his youth 
surrounded by ultra-Democratic influences, he early es- 
poused views directly opposite to those of that party, and 
from the time of casting his first ballot until his death 
was an uncompromising Whig and fearless defender of 
the principles to which he yielded allegiance. Hugh and 
Rebecca Sherwood have long been sleeping the sleep of the 
just, both having died some time in the forties and their 
bodies rest side by side in the old family cemetery in 
Washington county, near which they originally settled. 

Daniel Sherwood, third son of the above couple, was 
born in Guilford county, North Carolina, in 1797, and 
was but a boy whai the family moved to Indiana. He 
was reared to agricultural pursuits (^n the familv home- 


stead, a portion of which he helped clear and improve and 
shortly after attaining his majority fonned a matrimo- 
nial alliance with Delilah Copeland, and engaged in farm- 
ing upon his own responsibility in connection with which 
he also operated for some years a mill for the manufac- 
ture of both flour and lumber. In due time his family 
was increased by the arrival of six children, namely: 
Thomas, Esther, who married Henry String; William 
F., Benjamin, James and Rebecca, all of whom spent their 
childhood and youth in the county of Washington, and 
there remained until 1852, when Mr. Sherwood changed 
his place of abode to Greene county, where he purchased 
a farm on which his death occurred the following year. 
His widow, who sui-vived him some years, departed this 
life at Goshen, where she was making her home with 
her youngest child, Mrs. Rebecca Kloppenstein, wife of 
Joseph Kloppenstein, of that city. Like his father, Daniel 
Sherwood was a Whig in the full meaning of the term 
and though never an office-seeker or aspirant for public 
honors, kept in close touch with the questions of the day 
and had the courage of his convictions on political issues. 
In religion the Cumberland Presbyterian church held his 
creed, of which body himself and wife were for a number 
of years devoted and consistent members. 

The children of Daniel and Delilah Sherwood be- 
came useful men and women and rose to positions of re- 
spectability and honor in their several places of resi- 
dence. James S., the fifth in order of birth, attaining a 
prominence such as to justify much more than a passing 
notice in this brief family sketch. Born March 14, 1834. 
he spent his early life on the home fann in Washington 


county and at the age of seventeen came to the county 
of Greene, where his brother \\'ilham had previously lo- 
cated, making the journey on foot and alone and ex- 
periencing not a few inconveniences and hardships on 
the way, arriving at his destination in the fall of the 
year 1851. He became an inmate of his brother's home, 
with whom he continued ot reside during the fifteen 
years ensuing, at the expiration of which time he set up 
a domestic establishment of his own, the presiding spirit 
of which was a young lady by the name of Nancy Brad- 
field, to whom he was united in the bonds of wedlock on 
the 13th day of February, 1868. Mrs. Sherwood was 
bom and reared in Ohio, from which state her father, 
William Bradfield, moved to Greene county, Indiana, the 
year preceding her marriage, locating in Stockton town- 
ship, where he became a successful farmer and praise- 
worthy citizen. After taking to himself a companion and 
helpmeet, Mr. Sherwood established a home in the town- 
ship of Stockton, where, during the intervening years, 
he has been engaged in the time-honored vocation of agri- 
culture, devoting his attention to general farming and 
meeting with success in his chosen field of endeavor. 
After a mutually happy wedded experience of forty years' 
duration his faithful wife was called to her reward, de- 
parting this life June 10, 1907, leaving, besides her hus- 
band, these children to mourn her loss: Sallie, William, 
Mary. Charles and Jessie. 

In many respects "Uncle Jim," as he is 'familiarly 
called, is a imique character, whose friends include eveiy 
man, woman and child of his acquaintance, and the 
bounds of whose popularity are the circumscribed limits 


beyond which he is unknown. While stiU a mere lad he 
manifested decided musical talent, which, developing with 
the passing years, in due time made him one of the ablest 
musicians in the country, his skill as a violinist being un- 
equalled by that of any other performer on that instru- 
ment in this part of the state. By reason of his fondness 
for this favorite instrument and readiness at all times to 
entertain his friends with free concerts, he came in time 
to be known as "Fiddling Jim," a title which, with be- 
coming modesty, he still wears, and by which, in all 
probability, he will continue to be distinguished until par- 
alyzed by the icy touch that puts an end to all earthly 
skill, his fingers will close to wield the bow and the tones 
of his beloved instrument become only a memorv'. In his 
younger days his services as a musician were in frequent 
demand at the country dances and frolics for miles 
around, and many a sedate deacon of the present day 
and his goodly dame of three score and ten, if pressed 
closely in the matter, will modestly admit that with others 
equally as culpable, they learned to trip the "light fan- 
tastic" to the inspiring tune of "The Arkansas Traveler," 
"Lightning Joy" or "Money Musk." as "Uncle Jim," 
with magic touch and tireless arm, kept the merr>' dancers 
racing over the rough puncheon floor in the good old 
walk-talk-ginger-blue style of the hoe-down that filled 
with joy their innocent hearts and their legs with sore- 
ness and pain. By this it must not be understood that he 
was merely a player of backwoods tunes and ragtime 
music, for such was not the case, but being skilled in all 
the uses of the instrument from the simple, uncouth strain 
to the productions of the masters, he could suit his play- 


ing to any occasion and was equally appreciated wherever 
his sen-ices were required. Although seventy-four years 
of age he still handles the bow with all the grace and 
celerity of the days of his prime and only recently he 
gave an exhibition of his skill by playing many of the 
old familiar tunes for a company of his friends, all of 
whom pronounced the music as inspiring and full of life 
as in the long ago ere time had silvered his head with 
sifted sand or caused a quaver in the magic touch of his 
erstwhile string and dextrous ami. 

Mr. Sherwood is not only a master of the violin, but 
plays almost equally as well a number of other instru- 
ments, both wind and stringed, and in 186 1 he utilized 
his skill on the former kind by enlisting as a musician 
in the Twenty-first Indiana Infantry, taking the part of 
solo-alto in the regimental band and serving as such for 
a period of fourteen months. At the expiration of that 
time he returned home, but soon re-entered the service by 
joining the band of the Twenty-fourth Indiana Volun- 
teers, with which he remained until detached from the 
sen'ice at Galveston, Texas, in November, 1865. \Miile 
at the front he experienced considerable service aside 
from his regular duty as musician, frequently assisting 
in the removal of the wounded from the field during the 
progress of battle and it was while thus engaged that he 
received a painful wound which rendered him unfit for 
further active duty and led to his discharge at the date 
mentioned above. He was also employed at intei^vals in 
the larger cities to play for theaters, concerts and other 
public functions and in this way added very materially 
to the pay received from the government, besides mak- 


ing many wami friends and earning well deserved popu- 
larity among his comrades and others with whom he 

In point of continuous residence Mr. Sherwood is 
one of the older settlers of Greene county, having made 
this part of the state his place of abode since 1851, a 
period of fifty-seven years — 1908. He recalls the time 
when the site of the present thriving city of Linton was 
nothing Ijut a backwoods hamlet and remembers ha\'ing 
shot and killed a deer in a small meadow which is now 
in the veiy heart of the town. He has not only seen the 
countiy grow to its presait prosperous condition, but to 
the extent of his ability has contributed to the many ' 
changes that have taken place and been an actor in a 
number of entei^prises that have made for the material 
advancement of the community and the general good of 
his fellow men. Believing in getting out of life all the 
pleasure and satisfaction in it, he has ever been an op- 
timist and by habit of always looking on the bright side 
and endeavoring to make others happy, he refuses to 
grow old, being in his seventy-fifth year, as vigorous 
physically and mentally as many men of not much more 
than half his age. His life has been one of activity and 
usefulness and the many neighbors and acquaintances, 
who are proud to be numbered among his friends, unite 
in the wish that his days may yet be many. 

^^"illiam F. Sherwood, second son and third child of 
Daniel and Delilah Shei'wood, was born April 24, 1824, 
in Washington county, Indiana, and there grew to ma- 
turity- amid the stirring duties of farm life, attending at 
inten'als in the meantime such schools as the country af- 


forded. Although reared to agrictdtural pursuits, he did 
not find the vocation to his taste. Accordingly, at the age 
of twenty-two he entered the office of Dr. Charles Pear- 
son, of Lavonia, and began the study of medicine, con- 
tinuing under the direction of his preceptor two years, 
at the end of which time he opened an ofiice at Linton 
and engaged in the practice of his profession. Dr. Sher- 
wood located in this city in the year 1848, and from that 
time to 1873 devoted himself actively to the duties of his 
chosen calling, meeting with a large measure of success 
and achieving wide distinction as a skillful physician and 
surgeon. He belonged to the regular school of medicine 
and by diligent study kept in touch with the trend of pro- 
fessional thought, his services being frequently in demand 
at places remote from the field to which his practice was 
chiefly confined. His wife, whom he married in young 
manhood, was Catherine Ingersoll, whose birth oc- 
curred in Greene county, Indiana, in 1832. being the 
daughter of Peter and Triphena (Wines) Ingersoll, who 
were early settlers of the county and among its most 
highly esteemed residents. Dr. and ]\Irs. Sherw'ood be- 
came the parents of se\-en children, wliose names were 
as follows: Charles Edward, of Linton; Benjamin M., 
a practicing physician of the same city: Dr. Elmer T., 
one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Greene 
county, whose sketch appears in this work; John \\'.. a 
musician in the United States militar\- service, now sta- 
tioned in the Philippine Islands; Harrison I., a resident 
of Linton and a well known physician and surgeon ; Wil- 
liam, who died at the age of four years, and Triphena. 
wife of J. B. Terhune. one of the leading commission 
merchants of Indianapolis. 


Dr. William F. Shenvood died March i6, 1873, in 
the prime of his life and usefulness, being only forty-nine 
years of age when called from the scene of his labors and 
triumphs. Mrs. Sherwood, a true wife and helpmeet and 
affectionate mother and most estimable lady of beautiful 
character, departed this life in the month of March, 1907. 
Dr. Sherwood entered the eighty-acre tract of land on 
which the South Linton mine is located and also owned, 
by purchase, the quarter section on which the Bon Ton 
mine was developed, besides having other holdings in the 
vicinity, among his possessions at different times being 
the land now occupied by the north half of Linton and a 
large tract near the town of RLarco, in Stafford township, 
in all about seven hundred acres, much of which has in- 
creased greatly in value, especially the mineral lands, 
from which the owners have realized handsome fortunes. 
Li 1881 the tract on which North Linton stands was sold 
for less than thirty dollars per acre, the lots there at the 
present time commanding as much as two hundred dol- 
lars a front foot, other of his estate having been dis- 
posed of at equally low figures. The doctor was public- 
spii-ited and took an active interest in the growth of Lin- 
ton and frequently predicted that the town would event- 
ually become an important business and industrial center 
as well as the seat of a thriving populace. He did all in 
his power to advance the interests of his fellow men and 
as a Republican wielded a strong influence in the political 
affairs of the county, but never desired to figure as a 
partisan or office-seeker. He seems to have foreseen with 
remarkable accuracy the future development of the vast 
mineral wealth in the Linton district, and for a number 


of years was untiring in his efforts to secure railway 
facilities, so as to make possible the opening and operating 
of the mines which his judgment told him would some 
day do more for the town and county than any other en- 
terprise, but unfortunately his death occurred just as 
many of his predictions were on the point of being ful- 

Personally, Dr. Sherwood was a companionable 
man who made friends wherever his professional or busi- 
ness engagements took him and no man stood higher in 
the esteem of the community or did more to render him- 
self worthy of esteem. He was of commanding presence 
and dignified demeanor, medium height, somewhat portly 
and impressing all with whom he came in contact as a 
strong personality and natural leader of men. Full of 
animal life and in the best of health, he loved the outdoor _ 
sports, where he could come into contact with nature, 
being a true sportsman and finding his favorite recreation 
in the chase, having ridden with other fox hunters over 
the greater part of Greene and Sullivan counties in the 
pursuit of this exhilarating pastime. In early life ]Mrs. 
Sherwood was a Presbyterian, but later she united with 
the Methodist church and continued a consistent member 
of the same until her death. The doctor contributed lib- 
erally to all lines of charitable and benevolent work, never 
withholding from the deserving poor, or closing his heart 
or purse to the cry of affliction or distress. He was in- 
deed a manly man, whose life was filled to repletion with 
good to his fellows and the memory of his many kindly 
deeds, together with a character and name to which time 
has only given additional luster, will ever be cherished 
by his descendants as a priceless heritage. 



The first half of the nineteenth century was charac- 
terized by the immigration of the sterhng element which 
made the great commonwealth of Indiana what it is. 
These pioneers were sturdy, heroic, upright, sincere folk, 
such as constitute the intrinsic strength of a state and 
give solidity to its institutions. It is hardly possible that 
in the future another such period can occur, or, indeed, 
any period in which such a solid phalanx of strong- 
minded, determined men and self-sacrificing women will 
take possession of a new country, develop its resources 
and lay broad and deep the foundation of an advanced 
and permanent state of civilization. Too careful or too 
frequent references cannot be made in the pages of his- 
tory concerning those who have thus figured as founders 
and builders of a commonwealth, and equal credit is also 
due to the sturdy sons and daughters who. bom and 
reared amid the stirring experiences of those heroic 
times, nobly assumed the burdens so borne by their prede- 
cessors and with patience and fortitude such as the world 
has seldom seen excelled, carried on the good work until 
what was under so many difliculties begun, was in due 
time most earnestly and triumphantly completed. 

Among the sturdy pioneers to penetrate the wilder- 
ness of Indiana while the feet of the red men still pressed 
the soil, was John L. Routt, who, with his wife Mary 
(nee Keys) left his Kentucky home early in the last cen- 
turv' and made his way through the forest to Washington 
county, Indiana, where, finding a location to his taste, he 
settled and opened a house for the accommodation of the 


traveling public. He was a man of strong character and 
sterling worth and in addition to keeping one of the first 
hotels in the county was in due time elected to the im- 
portant and responsible office of sheriff, the duties of 
which he discharged in an eminently satisfactory manner 
until his untimely death, which was caused by the explo- 
sion of a barrel of whisky in a distillery which he had 
just entered for the purpose of sen-ing summons on cer- 
tain witnesses there employed. 

The influence exerted by this stanch pinneer, fear- 
less official and high-minded citizen was second to that 
of none of his compeers, and his memory is still revered 
in the community which he assisted to found, and for 
the material advancemait and moral good of which he 
did so inuch. He was public-spirited in the true sense of 
the tenn, took an active interest in the political affairs of 
Washington county and was long one of the trusted lead- 
ers of the Whig party in that part of the state. He was 
one of the founders and elder of the Presbyterian church, 
also largely instrumental in establishing other churches 
in the new country and to his efforts, especially, several 
Presbyterian organizations still in existence are indebted 
for their origin and the material support that during the 
early days made possible their continuance. 

John L. and Mai-y Routt reared a family of six chil- 
dren, among whom was a son by the name of William 
Keys Routt, whose name furnishes the caption of this 
article and whose birth occurred at Patoka, Gibson 
county, Indiana, on May ly . of the year 1810. He was 
reared amid the stem experiences peculiar to the jjioneer 
period in the c<iunties of Gibson and Daviess, and during 


the summer months devoted his time to siicli employments 
as were then common on the farm, the winter seasons 
being spent in the subscription schools, which he attended 
at intervals until his nineteenth year. To those early 
years under the tutelage of parents whose high ambition 
was to engraft upon the ininds of their children such prin- 
ciples as would insure lives of honor and usefulness, Mr. 
Routt was indebted for the integrity of character and 
honorable ambition that pre-eminently distinguished him 
as a citizen in all the walks of life. He early formulated 
plans for his future and by making the most of his op- 
portunities became a well infonned young man. whose 
moral training always kept pace with his mental develop- 
ment. ^^'hen but nineteen years of age he started out to 
make his own fortune by purchasing a carding machine, 
which he located at Bloomfield and which he operated 
with encouraging success for a number of years, in the 
meantime starting a general store in connection with this 
enterprise. Finding that he could not profitably com- 
pete with the more improved methods of carding- wool 
in the largest cities, he finally closed his establishment to 
devote his entire attention to merchanising, which branch 
of business he conducted with inarked success for a period 
of thirty years, or until the state of -his health obliged 
him to dispose of his stock and seek a less trying mode 
of life. 

Disposing of his mercantile establishment in 1879 
Mr. Routt spent the ensuing five years in efforts to re- 
gain his fonner robust health, but the seeds of disease 
being freely implanted rendered unavailing all that med- 
ical skill and kind attention could do. On the 27th day 


of February, 1884, the life of this noble man, and useful, 
hig-h-minded citizen went out amid the sorrowing of an 
entire community in which for so many years his influ- 
ence was felt for good, and throughout which, esteemed 
Ijy many as a close personal friend and by all as a liberal 

Mr. Routt was married, January 2y. 1848, to Esther 
J. Ferguson, who was born September 15, 1824, in Shel- 
byville, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Susan 
(Graves) Ferguson. The father of Mrs. Routt was for 
many years a successful farmer in southern Indiana in 
connection with which he also did quite an extensive trade 
in boating grain, pork, etc., on White and other rivers, 
shipping to New Orleans and intermediate points. It 
was while thus engaged that he fell victim to the cholera 
plague, dying at the town of Peola, on the Ohio river, 
after a brief but virulent attack of the dreaded disease, 
Mrs. Routt being about ten years old at the time of his 
demise. Mr. Ferguson was a man of considerable local 
prominence, and much more than ordinarily successful 
in the matter of worldly wealth, having accumulated a 
handsome estate, besides becoming one of the Whig- lead- 
ers of the county in which he lived. He and his good 
wife were pious and consistent members of the Baptist 
church and spared no pains to implant the principles of 
religion and morality in the minds of their children, all 
of whom profited by the wholesome instruction they re- 

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Routt was blessed 
with four children, the oldest of whom, Mary,, is the 
widow of the late Dr. S. C. Cravens, of Bloomfield, and 


the mother of Dr. \\"illiam R. Cravens, one of the lead- 
ing physicians and surgeons of Greene county, wliose 
sketch appears elsewhere in these pages. Fannie, the 
second daughter, married James S. Clark and at the 
present time lives in Louisville, Kentucky; George \V.. 
and Lulu, the two younger, being deceased. 

In his political faith Mr. Routt was a Republican, 
and while ever interested in the leading issues of the times 
he never sought office or public honors, though amply 
qualified by nature and experience to fill any position 
within the gift of his fellow men. He held for some 
time the ofiice of county commissioner, besides positions 
of minor importance, but his tastes and inclination always 
led him to the more quiet walks of life, where he found 
his chief source of delight as well as his greatest sphere of 
usefulness. \\'hen young he became identified with the 
Presbyterian church and his life was ever in harmony 
with the faith he professed, being- true to the high ideal 
as laid down in the Holy Scriptures and exemplified in 
all of his relations with his fellow men. In matters of 
business he was eminently successful, though exceedingly 
prudent, and all of his dealings were characterized by the 
strict adherence to honor and integrity that mark the 
man who scorns to commit the smallest indiscretion and 
who always endeavors to keep his good name above re- 
proach. In the accumulation of the handsome estate 
which he left, consisting of three fanns containing four 
hundred and sixty acres and a beautiful home of twelve 
acres in the suburbs of Bloomfield, he was ably assisted 
by his good wife, who ever proved a true helpmeet, no 
small part of the comfortable competence attributable to 


her judicious counsel, well balanced judgment and hearty 
co-operation in all the laudable undertakings in which his 
success was so signal and pronounced. For many years 
he was an active and influential member of the Masonic 
fraternit}-, having been one of the most regular attend- 
ants of the lodge to which he belonged and sincerely de- 
voted to the beautiful and sublime principles of the order, 
which he held secondary only to his church relations. He 
was honored from time to time with official positions in 
the Bloomfield lodge, directed its affairs ably and satis- 
factorily and his death left a vacancy among the brother- 
hood in this city which is still considered in the nature 
of a personal loss. To epitomize the life and character 
of Mr.- Routt wthin the limits assigned to a work of the 
character of this volume is impossible. The stalwart 
proportions of his living presence were realized in the 
void made by his lamented death. But less than most 
men intellectually and morally his ecjual does he need 
the voice of eulogy or fulsome panegyric for his works 
do follow him. He was an honored citizen of Bloomfield 
and Greene county, doing much in a quiet way to con- 
sen-e their respective interests, and among his fellow 
men no one has been more intrinsically esteemed or hon- 
ored. He held a prominent place in both public and pri- 
vate life and probably the community had never been 
called upon to mourn a more respected, highly-regarded 
citizen. A devoted husband, a loving father, a public- 
spirited, patriotic man of affairs, keen and sagacious in 
business, he is eminently entitled to especial mention 
among the representative citizens of his day and genera- 
tion, and in his death there was removed one. who, in a 


large measure, liad honored his race and who will long 
be remembered for the good accomplished dirough his 

Since the death of her husband Mrs. Routt has re- 
sided in Bloomfield, where, in a beautiful cottage, sur- 
rounded by evervlhing that can minister to her ease and 
comfort, in the midst of warm-hearted friends who are 
devoted to her interests and who seem to vie with eacli 
other in doing her honor, she is calmly passing the even- 
ing of a long and well-spent life in a retrospect of which 
there is little or nothing to regret, and the future of which 
is bright and promising, with an undying hope. \\'ith 
her sweet face and crown of silvery hair, her beautiful 
character and many amiable qualities of mind and heart, 
she fomis a pleasing picture of happy, contented old age. 
which her many friends hope may long continue to bless 
and make better all with whom she comes in contact. 

JOHN willia:\i XEWSOM. 

To such men as Mr. Newsom we turn with particu- 
lar satisfaction as offering in their life histories justifica- 
tion foi" works of this nature. Not that their lives have 
been such as to gain them wide reputation or the admir- 
ing plaudits of men, but that they have been true to 
■ evei-y relation of life, have shown such attributes of char- 
acter as aititle them to the regard of all. and have been 
useful in their sphere of action. 

John \^^ Newsom was born at Point Co: 


Greene county, Indiana. August 2^. 185 1. the son of 
Andrew J. and Amy (Clark) Newsom, natives of North 
Carolina, Grandfather James Byron Newsom having 
moved from that state to this about 1831, when the sub- 
ject's father, Andrew J., was about seven years old, set- 
tling in Greene county. Here he engaged in farming, 
rearing thirteen children, he and his wife, Celia, both 
dying here. James Byron Newsom was of Scotch descent. 
Grandfather Thomas Clark was also from North Caro- 
lina and settled in Greene county, Indiana, where he 
entered government land on which he spent the remainder 
of his life, dying at the age of sevaity-three. having been 
sun-ived a few years by his widow. Ira and Thomas 
Clark and Alvis Newsom, uncles of the subject, were 
soldiers in the Union army — Ira in the Thirteenth In- 
diana Battery, Thomas in the Fifty-ninth Regiment and 
Alvis in the Ninety-seventh Regiment. Indiana Volunteer 
Infantr}', having all been honorabl}^ discharged. 

The subject's father, Andrew J. Newsom attended 
school only three months and did not leam to read and 
write until after he married, when, however, he became 
an expert in figures. After spending his youth on his 
father's faiTO in Greene county, he bought a mill which 
he conducted until he purchased a farm in his native 
county and carried on general famiing and stock raising, 
at one time being a large land owner, but met with finan- 
cial reverses in 1873. handling pork. He died in 1S84 
at the age of sixty years, his widow dying several years 
later at the age of seventy-four years. They were both 
church members and they raised eight children, six of 
whom are now living. 


John W. Newsom, the subject of this sketch, worked 
on the old home place and attended school until 1872, 
when he purchased a farm in his native county, which 
he successfully managed until he purchased his present 
fine farm in 1879. It was all timbered land at that time 
and consisted of four hundred acres, three hundred of 
which he has cleared and put in cultivation, the land now 
producing more per acre than when he first cleared it, as 
a result of his skillful management. The subject's prin- 
cipal work is in raising stock cattle and preparing hogs 
for the market. He fomierly fed cattle, but now sells 
them ofif the grass, feeding all the corn he raises to his 
hogs, most of the fami being now in blue grass. At one 
time the subject owned seven hundred acres of land, but 
he disposed of three hundred acres some time ago. He 
has always shown rare judgment in agriculture antl 
stock raising, but being particularly fortunate in handling 
cattle and hogs. 

Mr. Newsom was united in marriage to Josephine 
Reynolds in 1875, his wife being the daughter of Isom 
and' Margaret Repiolds, her father having been a native 
of North Carolina and her mother of Kentucky. They 
came to Owen county, Indiana, where they farmed and 
spent their lives and where the subject's wife was born. 

Seven children have been born to the subject and 
wife, as follows : Buera Blanche died at the age of 
twenty-two years ; Everett E. is married and living on a 
farm of his own in Greene county ; Stella B. is the wife 
of Lewis Moore, of Greene county, and the mother of 
two children ; John O. is married and living in Chicago, 
where he is employed as salesman, and he has one child : 


Elexis Wayne is doing clerical work in Indianapolis ; 
Reed McKinley is living at home and working on his 
fadiers farm; Elsie L. is the wife of Otis Turley and 
lives in Linton. 

Mr. Newsom is a Republican in his political beliefs 
and is widely and favorably known throughout the 
county, enjoying the esteem and respect of a' great circle 
of friends. 


This venerable and honorable citizen of Greene 
county well deserves definite recognition in a work of the 
province assigned to the one in hand. The history of the 
count}- and his biography are \-ery much one and the same 
thing and for much of its growth and prosperity it is in- 
debted to him. He has been one of its enterprising labor- 
ers and wise counselors. A western man in the broad 
sense of the term he has realized the needs of the people 
and with clear brain and strong hand has supplied the 
demand generously and unsparingh-. Few men of the 
county are as widely and favorably known, none stand 
higher in the esteem of his acquaintances; for to him 
is accorded unqualified confidence and regard in the local- 
ity which has so long been honored by his citizenship. 

Levi M. Price is one of the oldest of Greene county's 
native sons, over seventy-two years having elapsed since 
he first saw the light of day in the humble cabin home 
which his father established in the wilderness of what is 
now Stockton township. His parents. Aquilla and Hul- 

(lali ( Wright) Price, natives, respectively, of Kentucky 
and Tennessee, were among the first settlers to locate 
within the present bounds of Greene county, and Levi M.. 
whose birth occurred on April i6th of the year 1836. was 
reared amid the rug^ged duties and stern vicissitudes of a 
comparatively new and unde\eloped country. He is the 
eighth in a family of nine children, the majority of whom 
grew to maturity, their names being as follows : Josiah, 
Eusebia. Wesley, John, Cornelius, Fenlon, Benjamin and 
Sarah. The Prices ha\-e l)een representative in the west- 
em part of Greene county for more than three quarters 
of a centur\% but at the present time (1908) Levi M. 
and his brother Benjamin are the only sunavors of the 
once large and happy circle that gathered around the 
domestic hearthstone, the parents and all but two of the 
deceased children being buried in the family cemetery at 
Linton. Benjamin Price, who was bom in this county 
seventy-four years ago, has been actively and prominently 
identified with the varied interests of the community, be- 
ing a man of high standing and wide influence, in whom 
the characteristics of his family have been reproduced to 
a marked degree. 

The sons assisted their father in clearing up and 
improving a large and valuable farm, wliich, in the course 
of time, passed from their possession into the hands of 
strangers, by whom it is now held. Young Levi con- 
tributed his share to the removal of the forest growth and 
the cultivation of the soil, and grew up to the full stature 
of well developed manhood with a true conception of the 
dignity of labor and while yet a mere boy began laying 
his plans for the future. Such educational advantages as 



the county afforded were liis, but at the best they were 
meager and limtied, being confined to a few months' at- 
tendance each winter at the httle log school house, whose 
floor was composed of puncheons and split planks, the 
windows greased paper in lieu of glass, while a mam- 
moth fire-place, which occupied the greater part of one 
end of the building, afforded the means of making the in- 
terior comifortable during the bitterly cold days of winter. 
For some years after settling in the new country the 
elder Price was obliged to haul wheat from Stockton 
township to Louisville, Kentucky, a distance considerably 
in excess of a hundred miles, where he obtained the mu- 
nificent sum of thirty-seven cents per bushel and deemed 
himself exceedingly fortunate if the price always reached 
that figure. The nearest market for live stock was Vin- 
cennes, forty miles away, and thither he and his sons 
drove such cattle and hogs as he had for sale, content 
with such prices as the buyers saw fit to offer. Ever\'- 
body lived in the conventional log cabins of the period, 
neighbors were few and far betweai, but the mutual de- 
pendence of the settlers upon each other gave rise to a 
community of interests which brought about a state of 
friendship and good feeling never since exceeded. The 
labor involved in making homes under such conditions 
was not unequally divided between the sexes. While 
men built the cabins, cleared away the forests, cultivated 
the soil, han'ested the crops, etc., the good wife and 
mother found her duties no less numerous and arduous. 
In addition to the preparing and cooking of the food, 
milking cows, making their own soap, etc., they washed, 
picked and carded the wool, spun the thread and wo\-e 


the coarse cloth of which much of their wearing apparel 
was made; sometimes flax was intemiixed with the wool, 
the combination making a strong and durable fabric 
which stood the wear and tear of rough usage for man)' 

The youth of the subject of this review, passed 
under such experiences as those referred to not only made 
a deep and lasting impression upon his mind but had 
much to do toward developing the spirit of self-reliance 
and sturdy, manly independence by which his life has 
ever been characterized. As already indicated, he grew 
to manhood strong in body and detemiined in his pur- 
poses to make the most of such opportunities as presented 

In due time he turned his attention to the ancient 
and honorable vocation of agriculture, which he prose- 
cuted with such energy and well directed judgment that 
he finally became not only one of the leading farmers of 
his township, but also took high rank as an enterprising 
and influential citizen. When the dark cloud of war 
overspread the national horizon his patriotic fei-vor was 
aroused to responsive action, and in August, 1862, he 
enlisted in Company E, Fifty-ninth Indiana Infantiy, in 
which he served until the close of the rebellion, first in 
the department of the Mississippi under General Grant 
and subsequently under General Sherman in the Tennes- 
see, Georgia and Carolina campaigns. 

Mr. Price participated in all the campaigns and bat- 
tles in which his command was aigaged, taking part in 
the siege and reduction of Vicksburg, the numerous ac- 
tions at and in the vicinitv of Atlanta, after which he ac- 


companied liis regiment mi the celeljrated march tn the 
sea, thence up thmugh the Carohnas and Virginia tii the 
national capital, where he to<:)k part in the grand review 
which marked the terminus of the greatest struggle in 
the annals of warfare. 

Returning home at the expiration oi his term of 
sen-ice Mr. Price resumed farming and stock raising, 
and as already stated, soon forged to the fn«nt as one 
of the leading agriculturists of Greene cuunt}-. which rep- 
utation he has ex^er since sustained. At this time he 
owns a beautiful estate of four hundred acres of highly 
improA'ed land, the greater part underlaid with an inex- 
haustible cjuantity of the finest coal to be found in the 
Indiana fields, thus afi^ording a source of wealth prac- 
tically incalculable. He resided on this farm until Octo- 
ber, 1906, when he removed to a beautiful and commo- 
dious modem home in Linton, since which time he has 
managed his agricultural and live stock interests from 
the latter place; he also operated a coal shaft on his 
farm from wdiich were produced large quantities of the 
high grade coal for which this section of the state is 
noted, this aiterprise proving remarkably successful and 
adding very much, materially, to the liberal income of 
which he is the recipient, though about 1897 he leased 
his mining property on royalty basis, since which time 
the coal mined has paid approximately $200 per acre. 
Of recent years his farm has been largely devoted to 
grazing and in addition to the breeding and raising of 
cattle he also buys and ships quite extensively, at this 
time being one of the largest and most successful stock 
men in this part of the state. 


Mr. Price, on October 27, 1857, was united in mar- 
riage witli Margaret J. ?Iail, daughter of Martin and 
Phoebe Hail, parents native of Virginia and Kentucky 
respectively, and among the early pioneers of Greene 
county, their arrival antedating by some years that of 
the Price family. Mr. and Mrs. Hail had nine children, 
of whom five are living at the present time, viz. : Char- 
lotte, Lavica Ann, ]\Iargaret Jane, Nathan Talhntt and 
Amiinda Maria, all married, three residing in Indiana, 
one in Illinois and one in the state of Kansas. 

Mr. and Mrs. Price have one son and three daugh- 
ters living, and one daughter and two sons deceased. 
Elizabeth M. and Arling-ton died at the age of three 
years; Hattie Eusebia is the wife of Dr. E. T. Sherwood, 
of Linton ; Jennie Lind married Peter Schlott, a resident 
of Linton, as is also C. T. Sherwood, the present post- 
master, whom Pearl, the next daughter, married : Cossia, 
now deceased, was the wife of Walter Wills, of Linton, 
and the son. I. O. Price, who is noticed at more length 
elsewhere in these columns. 

Mr. Price has always been a stanch and uncDui- 
promising Republican, but has never held office nor 
soug'ht public prefennent. He and his wife have been 
life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal church, be- 
ing deeply interested in all lines of religious and benevo- 
lent work, under the auspices of the local organization 
with which they are identified, and liberal contributors to 
the support of the Gospel at home and abroad. 

Mr. and Mrs. Price have made it their custom tn 
spend the winters of the past eleven or twelve >-ears in 
Florida enjoying a well-earned respite from the worries 


of home life and the vigors of northern winters. For 
more than fifty years tliey have traveled the pathway of 
life hand in hand in that congeniality of teinperament so 
essential to happy married life. 

Their splendid home in Linton is the mecca of 
hospitality and congeniality. After a lifetime spent amid 
the scenes of new country and its development, in close 
contact with hard and vigorous labors, they are now en- 
joying the fruits of their early industiy and frugality and 
are rated among the wealthy people of the community. 
They are the friends of humanity and everybody loves 


The spirit of modern business demands big men : 
men who represent the highest instinct of business de- 
velopment ; men whose shoulders have been broadened 
b}- the weight of business responsibility : men whose 
minds have been mellowed by business experience. 

Among the many men in southern Indiana whose 
executive talents and business sagacity have gained for 
them distinction, stands John F. Slinkard, of Bloomiield, 
long recognized as a leader in eveiy movement demand- 
ing organization and individual initiative. A man of 
broad intellectual attainments, indomitable energy and 
the highest character, he is a man of commanding influ- 
ence in his community. In every position of life he typi- 
fies the highest citizenship. The success he has attained 
is the result of wisely directed energy, prudent industry 


and conscientious endeavor. Progressive and public-spir- 
ited in all matters pertaining- to the public welfare, he 
takes an active interest in the advancement of his county, 
and readily lends his time and influence to aid in the 
material prosperity of his community. 

Mr. Slinkard was bom in Cass township, Greene 
county, Indiana, November i6, 1849, the son of Andrew 
B. and Sarah (O'Neil) Slinkard, likewise natives of 
Greene county. His grandparents on both sides were 
natives of North and South Carolina, the maiden name 
of his grandmother being Anna Chanler. Andrew B. 
Slinkard, his father, was engaged in the mercantile busi- 
ness at Newberry for a period of fifteen years, although 
he spent the major part of his life on a fann. He was 
twice married. John F. Slinkard was born of the first 
union, as were two other children, of which the subject 
of this sketch is one and A. P. Slinkard is another. 
Mary A., the third child, is deceased. The farther 
became well-to-do before his death, and is re- 
membered as a good citizen and kindly neighbor. He 
was active in church work, having been a member of 
the Lutheran church. Both he and his wife died while 
living on the fann. 

John F. Slinkard was reared on the parental farm 
and attended the common schools in his native commun- 
ity. This education was supplemented with a course in a 
commercial college at Vincennes, Indiana, from w'hich 
institution he graduated in 1867. The next ten years 
was spent in his father's store at Newberry, and here he 
learned the rudiments of business. In the year 1878 he 
was elected clerk of Greene countv on the Democratic 


ticket, and served a term of four years, performing his 
official duties with sigmal ahihty and honor to liis con- 
stituents. He declined a nomination for a second term 
and returned to his fami in Cass township, where he 
remained until March, 1900, when he removed to Bloom- 
field and where he has since resided. 

yiw Stinkard, in 1900. was one of the organizers 
and directors of the Home Telephone Companv, of 
which he became general manager. He was the moving 
spirit of this company, and much of its success was due 
to his sound judgment and tireless energy. In 1905 he 
organized the Union Jack Company, a corporation en- 
gaged in the manufacture and sale of a patented lifting 
jack which has an international sale. Mr. Slinkard is 
president of this company, which is on a strong financial 
basis and does an extensive business. 

^Ir. Slinkard was married to Caroline Williamson, 
of Washington township, Greene county, Indiana, Jan- 
uary I, 1873, who bore him six children, four of whom 
are living. These are Oscar P. Slinkard, of Bloomfield. 
general manager of the Home Telephone Company: 
Harrv" K. Slinkard, of Linton, an electrician with great 
experience and ability ; Cyrus L. Slinkard, of Bloomfield, 
a coal operator, and Miss Nellie M. Slinkard, also of 
Bloomfield. This wife died in September, 1879, 3"fl ^n 
December 9, 1903 he was married to Anna Deist, a native 
of Nashville, Brown county, Indiana, who is a graduate 
of the State Normal School of Terre Haute, and for 
some years before her marriage was a \ery successful and 
well known teacher in the public schools at Elwood, 


The subject's fraternal obligations are with the Elks 
and his religious faith is cast with the Lutheran church, 
of which he is a member. Mrs. Slinkard is a manber of 
the Presb\1:erian church. 

Mr. Slinkard is a progressive Democrat and his 
advice is often sought in the councils of his party. He 
is a loyal and enthusiastic worker, standing always for 
the best in public life and an avowed enemy to duplicity 
and dishonestv in all its forms. 


The stanch integrity and marked pragmatic ability 
of the Scotch type are almost proverbial, and these at- 
tributes are manifest in the character of this well known 
and representative citizen of Greene county, where he 
is numl)ered among the successful business men of Lin- 
ton, in which section of the county he has long been a 
superintendent of mines and an extensive property owner. 
Mr. Templet on was born in the famous old district of 
Ayershire, Scotland. June 28, i860, the son of Robert 
and Mary (Alexander) Templeton, both natives of the 
land of Bobbie Bums. The father was a miner who came 
with his family to America in 1881, and after a three 
months' stay returned to his native heath, leaving the 
subject behind, who, in 1885, sent for his parents, and 
they established their home at Cordonia, Clay county. 
afterwards moving to Hamiony. where the subject's 
father was killed in Watson's No. i shaft, February 10, 


1886. The mother returned to Scotland the same year 
and joined her husband in the land of eternal rest on 
December 10, 1899. They were the parents of nine chil- 
dren, of whom the subject was the second in the order 
of birth. One brother and one sister live in America, 
Robert being- weighman at the mine in which the subject 
is superintendent, and the sister, ]Mrs. Nesbitt, resides in 
New York City. Three brothers and one sister are living 
in the old country. 

John A. Templeton applied himself assiduously to 
his studies while attending school in his native country' 
and received a veiy sennceable and practical education, 
considering the time he was in school, having begun min- 
ing when scarcely ten years old, which profession he has 
made his life work, mastering all its details until he is 
perhaps one of the best informed and thoroughly expe- 
rienced mine superintendents in the county, spending- the 
past twenty-six years in this line of work, having been in 
his present position, superintendent of the Coal Bluff 
Mining Company, for the past twelve years, which is cer- 
tainly a criterion that he is a man of indispensable value 
to that concern, his employers all this time having been 
the J. Smith-Talley Company, of Terre Haute. As super- 
intendent of his company's holdings, Mr. Templeton has 
under his jurisdiction about five hundred men, whom he 
handles with the greatest satisfaction to all concerned. 
He has been very successful in his life work, now own- 
ing considerable stock in the Templeton or Ferin mines. 
He is also superintendent for the W^abash mine at West 
Terre Haute ; also owns stock in the Linton Rolling Mill. 
Ten years ago he built a large and handsome dwelling in 


Linton, where he has resided for the past eighteen years. 
He is a thoroughly practical, painstaking and honest busi- 
ness man, having the sagacity to do the right thing at the 
right time and wrench success out of apparent impossi- 

Our subject was united in marriage with Siloam J. 
Paina, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Penna, and a 
sister of P. P. Penna, secretary and treasurer of the Bitu- 
minous Coal Operators' Association of Indiana. J\Irs. 
Templeton was bom in Cornwall, England and came to 
America with her parents in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Tem- 
pleton have a family of seven children, named as fol- 
lows : Robert A., Charles N., Cecil Edwin, Mary^ Eliza- 
beth, Ethel Lillian, Philip H. and Flora Isabel. 

Fraternally Mr. Templeton is a member of the Lin- 
ton lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In 
political views he is a pronounced Prohibitionist and has 
always been a radical advocate of the principles of tem- 
perance and sobriety. It is such characteristics as these 
which he has manifested throughout his active business 
career, social and home life that has won the esteem- and 
admiration of all who have come to know Mr. Temple- 
ton, and he and his family are among the most favorably 
known citizens of Linton.